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Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard -> 2016, purely on licensing and purchasing considerations

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  • Hello all

    I feel utterly foolish asking this question on the Microsoft Server migration forum but I have honestly come up entirely empty handed. I've been a long term Windows user since the early days and have never encountered such difficultly in contacting Microsoft pre-sales people, but that's another story. I've opted to come to this forum for direct help.

    I bet my question has been asked before so I must be missing out on something very simple...

    Here's the bottom line: I am running Windows 2008 R2 Standard and I wish to do an in-place upgrade to 2012 R2 Standard and then 2016 Standard. I have no problem doing this from a technical perspective.

    My question: how do I actually go about this via a purchase? I have spent a solid week scouring all Microsoft PDF documents, forums, partner sites, online wizards, etc. and have come up empty handed. There is no clear explanation anywhere that I can find although I can sort of read between the lines.

    I suppose what I want to do is buy my newest, third copy of Windows Server 2016 and use it to get "downgrade rights", allowing me to then install Windows Server 2012 (without actually purchasing 2012). Thereafter I'll then do an in-place upgrade with the Server 2016 ISO and 2016 assigned license.

    I somehow get the feeling that this is only possible if I purchase via the Microsoft Volume Licensing program, which itself seems to have a 5 unit minimum buy-in quantity. However, I do recall purchasing my Win2K3 and Win2K8 single license via the VLA program.

    Hence, could someone openly clarify how existing and single Win2K8 server licenses can be licensed for the upgrade process to Server 2012 and then Server 2016 as one purchase and without software assurance or any additional costs? I want to do this purely via Microsoft channels and not some Server 2012 download ISO from eBay.

    Thanks!

     

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:33 AM

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  • What's the purpose of the 2012 R2 intermediate step?

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:09 PM
  • Hello David

    > What's the purpose of the 2012 R2 intermediate step?

    Windows Server 2008 cannot be upgraded in-place directly to Windows Server 2016. One must first officially upgrade in-place to a valid license of Windows Server 2012. Hence my issue + question about how to get Windows Server 2012 involved in the licensing + purchasing picture. I only wish to purchase a new license of Windows Server 2016 without having to purchase a secondary copy of Windows Server 2012. Microsoft does not explain anywhere what this purchase-wise procedure is. I am all too aware of how to do the upgrade from a technical perspective but not from a purchasing perspective.


    • Edited by WinUser64 Friday, June 1, 2018 6:42 PM
    Friday, June 1, 2018 5:16 PM
  • The recommended method would be to stand up a new instance of Server 2016, patch it fully and then migrate the roles or applications over to it. This method would avoid the risk of a failed in-place upgrade and the issues of corruption carry-forward. If you can't deviate then somehow you'll need to come up with the 2012 license since you couldn't upgrade to or from evaluation media. These are technical forums so any legal licensing questions should be directed towards your reseller's trained licensing specialist or ask Microsoft directly.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/about/officelocator/default.aspx

    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Friday, June 1, 2018 6:54 PM