Solving Virtual Machine Manager 2016 expired license

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How to upgrade an expired VMM 2016 to a licensed version. That happened to my customer, VMM 2016 was fresh on the Microsoft Download site, the product was installed and he would remember to enter the license after 120 days, but the unexpected happen and the VMM expired. In this Tutorial, we are going over the steps required to bring VMM back to life.

Solution


Let’s start with the error message when we try to access a VMM 2016 after the license is expired. It does not give us too much hope to configure or enter any license keys.

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The solution, to uninstall the product. Open Program and Features, select Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager and click on Uninstall/Change.

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The uninstall process will start, on the first page, select Remove features, and click Next

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In the Select features to remove page. Select both and click Next

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In the Database options page. Make sure to select Retain Database and click on Next. Here is the crucial point, the SQL database with all configuration on this server won’t be touched which will allow a new installation using the same database.

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In the Summary page. Click on Uninstall.

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In the final page of the wizard, we will have the results similar to this image depicted below.

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Installing VMM 2016 using the previous database…

Time to install again VMM 2016, run the setup from the media (could be a trial version).

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In the Select features to install page. Make sure that both are selected.

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In the Product registration information page. Let’s make sure that we add the Product Key at this time, and click Next.

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Complete the installation process, and voilà  the new VMM 2016 is licensed and good to go, and all configuration will be there. In some cases, you may have to associate hosts, but check it first.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at ITPROCentral.com, MSExchange.org, Techgenix.com and Anderson Patricio.org (Portuguese).

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