I need suggestion to find a solution..

I have the next enviroment's configuration

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Sharepoint 2013

  • Project Server 2013

And we have the product key for sharepoint 2013.. but when we trying to register, we have two problems

1 - The text field and button "ok" are locked. To solve this, we find a "trick".. not sure if is the correct way, then we open the developper tools in the brownser and we remove the property disabled to unlock it. It works, but!!

2 - After to remove the property and enter the product key.. then click "ok" we have the next message:

This product key cannot be used to convert to

We think that maybe we have to activate it using a Project Server 2013 product key, but not sure..

What do you think? Project server overwrite the sharepoint license?

  • what's the current license, what is SharePoint edition Is it standard or enterprise? – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Aug 4 '17 at 13:33
  • Hi @M.Qassas we have a trial Enterprise license.. thats show me in the Enable Enterprise Features secction. – eflores Aug 4 '17 at 14:09
  • @M.Qassas did you have a similar situation? – eflores Aug 7 '17 at 0:18

If you have the Project Server binaries installed in your farm then you will require a SharePoint Enterprise license as well as a Project Server license. As for registering the license you only need to register the Project Server one, that's from memory as it's been a few months at least since my last install and longer since I installed 2013.

You can test this quickly by using a trial license if you can find one, the following TechNet link has a 2016 trial license which I guess will not work in your case.


Either way the solution is to get a Project Server 2013 license.

PS. Cool hack, but yeah nice try. :)

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  • Thanks you for your comment!!! I guess that I have to get a Project Server license. – eflores Aug 4 '17 at 14:13
  • unfortunately the serial key of Project server cannot activate Sharepoint.. :/ What can I do? – eflores Aug 7 '17 at 0:13
  • Project Server requires a SharePoint Enterprise license as well, so I guess my memory is wrong and you need to enter the SharePoint Enterprise key first and then the PS one. – Martin Laukkanen Aug 8 '17 at 14:59
  • But what do you think about the text field locked? there is a trial version that cannot be activated? – eflores Aug 9 '17 at 1:28
  • I'm not sure which field you refer to being locked. Is this in Central Admin where you add licenses? – Martin Laukkanen Aug 10 '17 at 8:05

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