Q: Why does a message in System Center Operations Manager 2012 Administration overview tell me to Upgrade to full version?

A: When you install System Center 2012 Operations Manager, there's no way to enter a product key, so initially the installation is in trial mode. To enter a code, you need to use Windows PowerShell (this is documented at the Microsoft support site). 

Essentially, you need start an Operations Manager PowerShell session. You will see something similar to the following, and will then need to imput the code below:

Welcome to the System Center Operations Manager 2012 Command Shell.  This command shell is
    designed to provide interactive and script based access to Operations Manager
    data and operations.  This functionality is provided by a set of Operations
    Manager commands.

    To list all commands, type: Get-Command
    To list all Operations Manager commands, type: get-command -module OperationsManager
    To get help for a command, type: Get-Help [command name]

Connecting to Operations Manager Management Server 'savdalops12.savilltech.net'.

Get-SCOMManagementGroupConnection


ManagementServerName    ManagementGroupName                 Domain          UserName             IsActive
--------------------    -------------------                 ------          --------             --------
savdalops12.savillte... Sav                                                                      True

 

 
Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"

Confirm
Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Performing operation "Set-SCOMLicense" on Target "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX".
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "Y"): Y

You can check the status; however, it will likely still show Eval mode.

Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration -a<strong> </strong> SkuForLicense Version TimeOfExpiration ------------- ------- ---------------- Eval 7.0.9538.0 6/12/2013 9:50:55 PM

The solution is to reboot.

Then the correct SKU will show.

Connecting to Operations Manager Management Server 'savdalops12.savilltech.net'. PS C:\> <strong>Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration -a</strong> SkuForLicense Version TimeOfExpiration ------------- ------- ---------------- Retail 7.0.9538.0 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM