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  • Hello -

    Our SharePoint 2013 (SP1) servers (app, wfe, search, OWA) are currently each running on Windows 2008.   We are planning to do an in-place O/S upgrade to 2012 Standard or Standard R2.   Is there anything special that needs to be done before starting the upgrade?   I'm assuming we should shut down the IIS windows service (w3wp.exe).   What about the SP services?  We'll obviously have a snapshot in place before upgrade and a backup of all databases.  thanks. 

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:50 PM

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  • Hi XRS,

    Its possible, but I wouldn't recommend it.  The problem is that you can only install SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 r2 using the slipstreamed SP1 version.  I assume that you used the regular version to install on you Server 2008 r2 versions.  Even if you upgrade those servers to SP1 there are some minor differences in the builds between slipstreamed SP1 and upgraded SP1.  So although it will work it isn't recommended.

    But it's heavily recommended to do not do that on the production servers.

    Also, you should be aware the upgrade of inplace SharePoint servers running Windows 2008 r2 to Windows 2012 r2 is not supported.  

    To upgrade to server 2012 you'll need to add 2012 servers to your environment using the slipstreamed version os SharePoint and then remove the old server 2008 r2 servers as soon as possible.  For the period of the upgrade you should be able to get away with running the farm in a mixed state.

    Thanks & Regards,


    sharath aluri

    • Proposed as answer by Sara Fan Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by XRS Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:18 AM
    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:05 PM
  • Hi XRS,

    It is possible to upgrade the operating system from windows 2008 to windows 2012 in SharePoint sever.

    If you apply updates that include only cumulative updates or service packs on a SharePoint server, you do not have to use this procedure.

    And before you perform a operating system upgrade, you should take a backup of the SharePoint farm, content databases and SharePoint service applications.

    You could follow the steps to upgrade the operating system in SharePoint server.

    For more detailed information, refer to the article below.

    How to upgrade a server operating system that has SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Server 2013 installed.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2818510/how-to-upgrade-a-server-operating-system-that-has-sharepoint-server-20

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


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    • Edited by Sara Fan Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by XRS Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:19 AM
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:45 AM

All replies

  • Hi XRS,

    Its possible, but I wouldn't recommend it.  The problem is that you can only install SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 r2 using the slipstreamed SP1 version.  I assume that you used the regular version to install on you Server 2008 r2 versions.  Even if you upgrade those servers to SP1 there are some minor differences in the builds between slipstreamed SP1 and upgraded SP1.  So although it will work it isn't recommended.

    But it's heavily recommended to do not do that on the production servers.

    Also, you should be aware the upgrade of inplace SharePoint servers running Windows 2008 r2 to Windows 2012 r2 is not supported.  

    To upgrade to server 2012 you'll need to add 2012 servers to your environment using the slipstreamed version os SharePoint and then remove the old server 2008 r2 servers as soon as possible.  For the period of the upgrade you should be able to get away with running the farm in a mixed state.

    Thanks & Regards,


    sharath aluri

    • Proposed as answer by Sara Fan Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by XRS Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:18 AM
    Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:05 PM
  • Hi XRS,

    It is possible to upgrade the operating system from windows 2008 to windows 2012 in SharePoint sever.

    If you apply updates that include only cumulative updates or service packs on a SharePoint server, you do not have to use this procedure.

    And before you perform a operating system upgrade, you should take a backup of the SharePoint farm, content databases and SharePoint service applications.

    You could follow the steps to upgrade the operating system in SharePoint server.

    For more detailed information, refer to the article below.

    How to upgrade a server operating system that has SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Server 2013 installed.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2818510/how-to-upgrade-a-server-operating-system-that-has-sharepoint-server-20

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they helped. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    SharePoint Server 2019 has been released, you can click here to download it.
    Click here to learn new features. Visit the dedicated forum to share, explore and talk to experts about SharePoint Server 2019.


    • Edited by Sara Fan Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by XRS Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:19 AM
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:45 AM