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Enter product key Exchange Server 2016

How to enter the product key in Exchange Server 2016? After installing Exchange Server 2016, we like to apply a license key in Exchange. In this article, you will learn how to install the Exchange license key.

Information Exchange Server editions

A product key tells Exchange Server 2016 that you’ve purchased a Standard or Enterprise Edition license. If the product key you purchased is for a Standard Edition license, it allows you to mount a maximum of five databases. If it’s an Enterprise Editon license, it lets you mount more than five databases per server. Read more about Exchange Server 2016 editions.

How to enter product key Exchange Server 2016

When signing in to EAC, use the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Exchange server in the format https://<ServerFQDN>/ecp. For example, https://ex01-2016.local/ecp. To access the EAC in a web browser on the Exchange server itself, you can use the value https://localhost/ecp.

Sign in to Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Click in the left menu on servers and next in the top menu servers. Click the Exchange Server; in my example, it’s EX01-2016. On the right side, click the Enter Product Key link.

Enter product key Exchange Server 2016 browse to enter product key

The Exchange server will automatically run as a Trial Edition if you don’t provide a key. The Trial Edition functions just like an Exchange Standard Edition server and is helpful if you want to try out Exchange before buying. You can make use of the Trial Edition license for up to 180 days. If you’re going to keep using the server beyond 180 days, you’ll need to enter a product key, or the Exchange admin center (EAC) will start to show reminders that you need to enter a product key to license the server.

The server properties window opens. On the general tab, fill in the license key. When done, click Save.

A warning message shows up: The product key has been validated and the product ID has been successfully created. This change won’t take effect until the Information Store service has been restarted. Click OK to dismiss the notice.

Enter product key Exchange Server 2016 warning to restart service

On the Exchange server, open the Services console. Search and click on Microsoft Exchange Information Store. Click Restart the service.

Do you like to know if licensing the Exchange Server worked? Read the next step.

Check if installing Exchange license key worked

Navigate to servers and click the Exchange Server that you licensed. Confirm that it’s showing Licensed. Read more about the difference between Standard and Enterprise licenses.

Enter product key Exchange Server 2016 check licensed

Looks great. Did the article help you to apply the license key in Exchange?

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Conclusion product key Exchange Server 2016

To sum it up, you learned how to enter a product key in Exchange Server 2016. Start Exchange Admin Center and navigate to the servers page. Install the Exchange license key, and don’t forget to restart the Information Store service.

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