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.

By | 2014-09-01T13:44:46+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info|3 Comments

About the Author:

Kent Agerlund
Microsoft Regional Director, Enterprise Mobility MVP. Microsoft Certified Trainer and Principal consultant. I have been working with Enterprise client management since 1992. Co-founder of System Center User Group Denmark in 2009. Certified MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, MCSA+Messaing, and much more. Member of: Microsoft Denmark System Center Partner Expert Team The Danish Technet Influencers program System Center Influencers Program.


  1. Jim March 21, 2016 at 16:50 - Reply


    1. When I run binx64setup.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 September 18, 2016 at 11:20 - Reply


    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 October 31, 2016 at 14:40 - Reply

    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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