why does windows 2012 server license expired ?

As of Windows Server 2012 the installation no longer has a "trial license" built into it, previous versions of Windows had evaluation license keys built into the image. Now Windows must connect to the Internet to grab a trial license.

  • If the server is connected the first time it boots, it will automatically connect and grab a license before the user even realizes this is a requirement.
  • If it cannot connect to the Internet then it will report and unlicensed status and start the hourly reboot annoyance.

You can get evaluation versions by the following methods:

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