In case you have installed the Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition and now want to upgrade to the Datacenter Edition, you can do this without reinstalling Windows on the fly.

To convert the Standard edition of Windows Server to the Datacenter edition, you have to execute the following commands by using the CMD or Windows Powershell.

Determine that Windows Server Standard is the current edition name by running the command below.

DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

Verify that Windows Server Datacenter is a valid option to convert to by running the following command.

DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

Enter ServerDatacenter and your retail product key in the command below.

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

Finally we need to restart the server.


Upgrade and conversion options for Windows Server

Converting Windows Server Standard edition to Datacenter edition

Converting between retail, volume-licensed, and OEM licenses