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How to Upgrade from the Evaluation Version of VMM


Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

If you did not provide a product key when you installed Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), VMM installs as an evaluation version that expires in 180 days after installation. You can upgrade an evaluation version to a licensed version before the evaluation version expires. After the evaluation version expires, it cannot be upgraded.

To upgrade from an evaluation version of VMM to a licensed version before the expiration date of the evaluation version, you must obtain a valid product key from Microsoft, and you must be a member of the Administrator user role. For information about VMM licensing, see System Center 2012 Licensing.


The number of days remaining in your evaluation version is displayed in the title bar of the VMM console window.

To upgrade from the evaluation version of VMM to a licensed version

  1. In the VMM console, in the upper left corner above the ribbon, click the down arrow, and then click About.

  2. In the Virtual Machine Manager informational dialog box, click Enter Product Key.

  3. In the Enter Product Key dialog box, enter your product key, and then click Continue.

  4. In the Please read this license agreement dialog box, review the license terms, select the I have read, understood, and agree with the terms of the license agreement check box, and then click Accept.

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