How to Change DPM 2012 License from Evaluation to Retail

How to Change DPM 2012 License from Evaluation to Retail

If you have installed DPM 2012 Evaluation and have decided to purchase and have obtained a product key, you might be wondering “where do I enter the product key to turn the evaluation to a full product”?  Short answer: you can’t.

In order to enter your product key in an existing evaluation version of DPM 2012, you must upgrade DPM2012 to retail and in the process you can enter a product key.  Unfortunately, this yielded the following error:

DPM Error when upgrading from Evaluation to Retail

DPM Error when upgrading from Evaluation to Retail

In order to successfully upgrade DPM 2012 to retail (as of May 20, 2013), the following steps must be carried out:

  1. Open a command prompt on the DPM machine and type the following to backup your existing DPM database: dpmbackup –DB -targetLocation [PATH-TO-SAVE-BACKUP] 
  2. Once the backup is done, using SQL Management Studio, remove the DPM database (make sure you have a backup just in case…this step was necessary or retail version would later fail when configuring SQL)
  3. Uninstall DPM 2012 Evaluation
  4. Install DPM 2012 Retail (enter the product key that you wish to use)
  5. Once install finishes, type the following to restore your DPM backup: DPMSync -RestoreDB -DBLoc [PATH-TO-DPM-BAK-FILE]
  6. After the previous step finishes, sync the database by typing: DPMSync -sync
  7. Open DPM 2012, everything should be just like before except now you are using the retail version

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