A: System Center 2012 is one product, which means a single product key is required to switch all of the components-- Configuration Manager (SCCM), Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager (DPM), Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), Service Manager, and AppController--from evaluation to retail mode.
If you enter a product key during installation, then the installation is put in retail mode by default, but if you didn't enter a product key, you will be in evaluation mode.
Most of the SC 2012 components allow a product key to be entered within the management console. See Help - About dialog (VMM and Orchestrator), or rerun the setup routine to enter a product key (SCCM, AppController and DPM).
However, for Operations Manager, use Windows PowerShell:
- Open the Operations Manager Shell.
- Use the Set-SCOMLicense cmdlet, passing the product key in double quotes, for example:
- Reboot the machine.
After the reboot is complete, you can check your server is retail by using the command below:
PS C:\> Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration -a
Here's an example of typical output you'll receive:
SkuForLicense Version TimeOfExpiration
------------- ------- ----------------
Retail 7.0.8560.0 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM
Service Manager requires an uninstall and reinstallation if you didn't enter a product key during the installation, as there is no switch from evaluation to RTM.
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