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Upgrade from Windows Server 2012 to 2012 R2 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    Is there a way to upgrade from WinSRV2012 Datacenter to WinSRV2012 R2 Datacenter?

    Are there any additional costs?

    Should I apply any modifications to the license key?

    Thanks a bunch;

    Monday, February 8, 2016 11:43 AM

Answers

  • Hello,

    Windows 2012 can be in-place upgraded to Windows 2012 R2 if all server components supports new version of the system (hardware, drivers etc.). You can check Windows Hardware Compatibility List: https://www.windowsservercatalog.com/.

    But the upgrade is not for free, if you don't have Software Assurance. In this case you need to pay full Windows 2012 R2 system's price. CAL licenses don't have to be purchased because they cover both Windows 2012 RTM and 2012 R2. Also, the upgraded system should be activated using a valid Windows 2012 R2 license key.


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    Monday, February 8, 2016 11:54 AM

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  • Hello,

    Windows 2012 can be in-place upgraded to Windows 2012 R2 if all server components supports new version of the system (hardware, drivers etc.). You can check Windows Hardware Compatibility List: https://www.windowsservercatalog.com/.

    But the upgrade is not for free, if you don't have Software Assurance. In this case you need to pay full Windows 2012 R2 system's price. CAL licenses don't have to be purchased because they cover both Windows 2012 RTM and 2012 R2. Also, the upgraded system should be activated using a valid Windows 2012 R2 license key.


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    Monday, February 8, 2016 11:54 AM
  • Hi Amine,

    I'm agree with Robert's opinions.

    In addition, you need to pay attention to the warnings below:

    Note the following general guidelines for supported paths:

    • In-place upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures are not supported. All editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are 64-bit only.

    • In-place upgrades from one language to another are not supported.

    • In-place upgrades from one build type (fre to chk, for example) are not supported.

    • If the server is a domain controller, see http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh994618.aspx for important information.

    • Upgrades from pre-release versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are not supported. Perform a clean installation to Windows Server 2012 R2.

    • Upgrades that switch from a Server Core installation to the Server with a GUI mode of Windows Server 2012 R2 in one step (and vice versa) are not supported.

    For more related information, you could refer to link below:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    Best regards,


    Andy_Pan

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:45 AM
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