Activate Windows Server 2019 Eval with Volume License Key

If you have installed the Windows Server 2019 Evaluation .iso from Microsoft you may find it won’t accept your volume license key.

In this case you’ll need to convert the Windows Server Evaluation version to a version that matches your volume license key, such as Standard Edition or Data Centre Edition using the Generic Volume License Key (GVLK). After conversion you are able to enter your actual volume license key and it will activate.

The command syntax to run is:

DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition> /ProductKey:<GVLK> /AcceptEula

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 GVLK codes:

Windows Server 2019 DatacenterWMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG
Windows Server 2019 StandardN69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C
Windows Server 2019 EssentialsWVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726
Windows Server 2019 Azure CoreFDNH6-VW9RW-BXPJ7-4XTYG-239TB

Using the command syntax above and the Windows Server 2019 GVLK codes, we can see the complete command we need to run to activate Server Standard 2019 is:

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C/AcceptEula

After this converts the evaluation copy to a standard copy of Windows Server, the server will require a reboot. Upon restart, run the following command to enter your actual volume license key:

slmgr /ipk <actual volume license key>

After Windows Server 2019 has accepted your key, run the following command to activate the server with your key:

slmgr /ato