May 22, 2022

Do your Windows 2016 Servers have mysterious shutdown issues?

Today, I tried to troubleshooting windows 2016 mysterious shutdown for my client, I found it was NT Authority\System that shutdown the system because the windows 2016 server license was expired, this is easy enough to solve the issues, I thought.

I went to the system settings and type the product key, but it shows the error message “This edition cannot be change be upgraded”, seriously, I cannot use the MSDN product for upgrading it from evaluation version to Data Center (or Standard) version?????

I don’t believe this, so I tried another way via DISM command for this as follow:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt
  2. Run DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:your-product-key-here /AcceptEula

    Ps. If you would like to upgrade to Data center version, you just need to change ServerStandard to ServerDatacenter.

  3. Reboot server after the operation completed successfully.

Ya! Activated successful. We won’t get any mysterious shutdown now.

Hope you enjoy this post.


Author: Cary Sun

Cary Sun is a Principal Consultant, He has a strong background specializing in datacenter and deployment solutions, and has spent over 20 years in the planning, design, and implementation of network technologies and Management and system integration.He hold CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT (CCIE No.4531) from 1999.Cary is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Cisco Champion, He is a published author with serveral titles, include blogs on, author for many books. Specialties: CCIE /CCNA / MCSE / MCITP / MCTS / MCSA / Solution Expert / CCA

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