How to apply the license to Virtual Appliance

Applying a valid license key to Windows fails with error "That key can't be used to activiate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key."
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Question I have downloaded the Netwrix Virtual Appliance but when I am trying to apply a Windows product key, I get the following message: "That key can't be used to actvate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key." or "This edition cannot be upgraded"
Answer The Netwrix Vitrual Appliance is distributed with a 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2012. You have to use your own product key purchased from Microsoft for activation.
Prior to applying the key, evaluation version must be converted to a full retail version. In order to do that, please perform the following steps:

1. Launch command prompt as administrator
2. Execute the following command: DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition. Confirm that it the Current Edition includes the word 'Eval'
3. Execute the command DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions to get the list of possible upgrade options
3. Execute DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:[enter your product key here] /AcceptEula, providing the edition ID from the previous step and a retail product key. The server will restart twice.

Afterwards you can apply the product key as usual.
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