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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – Upgrade and Migration – Enable Enterprise Features

When you click on the Enable Enterprise Features link, you will be landed on Enable Enterprise Features page. This page will let you enable the enterprise features in SharePoint farm. There are 2 possible views for this page, if you are using SharePoint standard edition then you will get the following page.

Or if you are on the enterprise edition of SharePoint then you will get this page.

Enable Enterprise Features
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Krossfarm wants to use the Enterprise features but currently we are using the SharePoint standard edition. In this case couple of things, you need before start using the enterprise features.

  1. You need a valid 25-character long enterprise product key.
  2. Make sure, your environment is properly licensed for enterprise (Cals for user and server).
  3. Lastly, you have to plan it because it can cause a short outage for the farm.

Important: once you upgrade SharePoint to enterprise edition then you cannot go back (downgrade the SharePoint to standard), Only supported way is to Uninstall the SharePoint and reinstall it with the standard product key. If Enterprise features enabled on a site collection, then you cannot restore it to standard edition farm. You have to use the 3rd party tools (safest way) or try to disable the Enterprise edition on site collection then take the backup and restore into the standard farm.

Another important thing, if you have a multi-server farm or a single server farm. You only need to perform this SKU-upgrade step one time via central admin, this process will run the configuration wizard on the backend on all server s in the farm. Config wizard will be enabled and activates all the enterprise level services and features.

Once you enable the enterprise features in the farm then all the new site collection which will provision after this will have enterprise features set in it but for all existing site collections, you have to enable it manually. In central admin, there is another option called “Enable Features on existing sites”.

Enable Enterprise Features

In order to upgrade and enabled the enterprise features on a farm, please follow the steps below.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also a local admin on the server.
  • Go to the Upgrade and Migration -> Click on Enable Enterprise Features.
  • On this page, provide the following information
    • Click on Enterprise (Required Enterprise Client License) radio button.
    • Enter the 25-character long enterprise Product key
    • Click Ok

  • Now, wait for a couple of minutes, as this will upgrade the SKU on all servers in the farm.
  • Once it successfully upgrades, you will see this screen.
  • Now You have to reset the IIS on all servers in the farm.
  • If you come back on this page you will get the following screen.

This concludes this article, where we learned how to enable the enterprise features on existing SharePoint Server standard installation.

Keep reading and enjoy SharePoint.

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