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Upgrading to an Enterprise License in SharePoint 20XX

In SharePoint 2010, 2013, and 2016 – you at some point may need to upgrade from a Standard License to an Enterprise license. There are too many reasons to list here…

At first, it seems pretty straight forward… go into Central Administration > Upgrade and Migration > Convert farm license type

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You can see your current license… however, both the input box, as well as the OK button are disabled.

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Seems like this would be the place to do it, right? Yeah, I don’t get it either. In any event, the proper way to do this, is to click on Enable Enterprise Features under Upgrade and Migration

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Click on Enterprise

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and enter in your Product Key and click OK.

NOTE: You cannot undo this, so make sure that you want to use an Enterprise key and absorb the associated cost of CALs!

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