Windows Server 2012 Virtual Use Licensing

Server 2012 Standard includes two virtual use licenses, while Datacenter includes unlimited and the free Hyper-V Server doesn’t include any

Virtual use licenses are only allowed so long as the host server is not running any other role other than Hyper-V

You can convert from standard to datacenter by entering the following command at the command prompt:

dism /online /set-edition:ServerDatacenter /productkey:48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P /AcceptEULA

The key above is a generic MS activation key so after the upgrade is completed enter your MAK or KMS key to activate the server


Turn On/Off Windows Server 2012 GUI with PowerShell

Turn GUI Off with PowerShell

Get-WindowsFeature *gui* | Uninstall-WindowsFeature –Restart
Once rebooted, you will only have the command line and no GUI

Turn GUI On with PowerShell

Get-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell | Install-WindowsFeature –restart
Once rebooted, you will have the GUI