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How to Apply License Keys for SCCM Trial Editions in 6 Easy Steps

By January 29, 2018September 18th, 2020Blog, Microsoft, System Center 2012
SCCM Trial Upgrade License Key

When Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is installed without a key, it runs as a 180-day trial. As with most trial installs, an SCCM trial quickly becomes a part of production. This post will guide you through the process of applying the license key to the site. These screenshots were based on SCCM Build 1710 running on Windows Server 2016, but this information and these photos are also applicable to previous builds.


    1. Open the Configuration Manager Setup.System Center Configuration Manager Setup Screenshot

    2. Choose Next at the first screen.System Center Configuration Manager Setup Wizard Screenshot

    1. Choose the option to perform site maintenance or reset this siteSCCM perform site maintenence or reset site setup option

    1. Enter the 25 character license key and choose Next.SCCM enter license key to upgrade trial screenshot

    1. Fill in all 4 check boxes and choose next.Upgrade System Center Configuration Manager Options Screenshot

    1. Review the ConfigMgrSetup log to confirm the application of the license key.ConfigMgrSetup Complete Message ScreenshotConfigMgrSetup Review to comfirm upgrade screenshot

    That’s all there is to applying the license key. After closing and re-opening the console, the message about the trial period in the menu bar will be gone.

    Lucas Guth, PEI

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