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Ho to Upgrade a Windows Server 2012 Cluster (2-3 Nodes) to 2012 R2 RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    Ho to Upgrade a Windows Server 2012 Cluster (2-3 Nodes) to 2012 R2?

    If I remember correct, a TechEd2013 Talk said that an Inplace Upgrade will be supported. But If I do this in my Lab, I get the following Message: "

    Windows won't install unless each of these things is taken care of. Close
    Windows Setup, take care of each one, and then restart Windows Setup to
    continue. Setup has determined that this computer is a member of a Failover Cluster which
    cannot directly upgraded. In order to complete this operation it is recommended
    that you evict this node from the Failover Cluster and perform a clean
    installation. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=178962 for more
    information.

    The above Link says: "This behavior occurs because the server is a cluster member. Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 do not support an upgrade of clustered servers from previous versions. This is because of incompatibilities between the cluster versions. "

    Method 1: Clean installation

      • Perform a clean installation of Windows Server 2008 or a later version on the nodes in the cluster.
      • Install the Failover Clustering feature, create a new cluster, and then reconfigure the cluster settings.

    Method 2: In-place migration

    To perform in-place migration, go to the following Microsoft website for more information: 

    Migrating to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2

    http://technet.microsoft.com/de-DE/library/cc730990.aspx

    So the question is:

    Is there a convienent way to update a Windows Server 2012 Cluster  to 2012 R2?

    Thank you for your advice and tips :-)

    John




    • Setup has determined that this computer is a member of a Failover Cluster
      which cannot directly upgraded. In order to complete this operation it is
      recommended that you evict this node from the Failover Cluster and perform a
      clean installation. See http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=178962 for more
      information.

    Thank you John

    Friday, October 11, 2013 11:29 AM

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  • Upgrade as in the past.  There's a nice step-by-step for upgrading Hyper-V clusters that share the same storage.  If you don't share the same storage, it takes a bit more work.

    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Friday, October 11, 2013 7:29 PM
  • Only for clusters.
    Friday, October 18, 2013 6:14 PM