Convert System Center 2012 from Evaluation to Full Product Version


This guide will help you though the process of converting a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Evaluation, to a Full Product Version.

From the start menu navigate to All Programs -> Microsoft System Center 2012 -> Configuration Manager, and select Configuration Manager Setup.

Select Perform site maintenance or reset this Site, and click Next.


Select Convert from Evaluation to Full Product Version, and enter your 25-character product key, and click Next.
Volume License Customers can find the product key here:
(AFAIK all volume license customers has the same key for all System Center 2012 products).


Accept the license terms, and you’re done…



About Author

My name is Ronni Pedersen and I'm currently working as a Cloud Architect at APENTO in Denmark. My primary focus is Enterprise Client Management solutions, based on technologies like AzureAD, Intune, EMS and System Center Configuration Manager. I'm is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility.


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    • For Server 2012, I used search tool and then I ran Configuration Manager Setup and the rest is as same as told here.

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  4. Just a heads up to others, be sure you are logged in with original admin account that was used to install SCCM. I had some issues trying to convert with a secondary user with the “Full Administrator” Security Role. It would take the key but never change the Eval status in the program window. I found the following error in the configmgrsetup.log that clued me into permissions issue.

    *** [42000][229][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0][SQL Server]The UPDATE permission was denied on the object ‘SetupInfo’, database ‘CM_TST’, schema ‘dbo’.
    ERROR: Failed to update table SetupInfo.

    Converted just fine after logging into the original admin account that i used to install System Center

    INFO: Successfully Converted from Evaluation to Full Product Version.

  5. Stephen Barbarino II on

    Justin, you’re a lifesaver. I was literally minutes away from calling support on this issue. Then I realized I installed SCCM using my non-domain account user and was attempting to install the key with my domain admin account.

    Thanks again!


  6. Hi Ronni,

    Thanks for this post, but I’m still having an issue perhaps you can assist me with. Even when I’m using the service account if I try to enter site maintenance via control panel or the start menu I get an error that states:

    I get an error about ‘The version of Configuration Manager on the installation media is older than the version that’s installed on the computer. Downgrading is not allowed.’

    If I put in the SP1 installation media and run setup from there, I don’t get the error, but only Recover and Uninstall are available.

    Any idea what I could do? Only a few days left on my evaluation license!

    Thanks in advance!

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