ConfigMgr 2012 Evaluation version expired

So what actually happens when an evaluation version expires? You will notice a few things, like the ConfigMgr administrator console very clearly tells you it expired.


As you can see from above you will still be able to open the console but only with Read permisions. Trying to perform actions via PowerShell will give you an error saying that you don’t have the proper permissions:


Looking in the SMS provider log file (smsprov.log) you will also see errors indicating the lack of permissions.


You will also notice that both the SMS Executive Service and Site Component Manager service is not running. You can restart the services, but they will automatically stop again after a short while.


How do you migrate the evaluation copy to production?

Migration the evaluation copy to production is done by running ConfigMgr Setup on the site server and select Perform site maintenance or reset this site.


Select Upgrade the evaluation edition to a licensed edition, enter the license key and finish the wizard.


The setup process will take a few seconds, detailed information are written to the ConfigMgrSetup.log file.


After setup, restart the services log on to the ConfigMgr console and you are ready to go manage your enterprise once again.

Comments (3):

  1. Jim says:


    1. When I run bin\x64\setup.exe “Perform site maintenance or reset this site” is greyed out.
    2. I have also tried going to Control Panel \ Programs & Features, clicking on Software center 2012 R2 ConfigMgr Primary site setup | Uninstall
    – it brings up the Setup Wizard and “Perform site maintenance or reset this site” is still greyed out.

    Now what?
    My last resort is to “Recover a site” which is a bigger ordeal.
    Is there a powershell method of doing this? I have searched the internet and all the suggestions are to do either #1 or #2 above.

    Any help is appreciated,

  2. Rajesh Rajan says:


    I was try this same solution but still Perform site maintenance or reset this Site option is showing grade out

    please i need your help

  3. Simeon says:

    if the Reset Site is grayed out, try use the installation media with the same version and start the setup from there.

    It worked for me. Keep in mind that my media sometimes shows version 1602 while its 1511. Another bug …

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