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upgrade issue from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2

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  • Hi,

    I am stuck while upgrading windows server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2. here is the whole story.

    Problem: while running 2012 setup file it appears for few moments and when I select install now option it goes further for a moment and disappeared. 

    I am looking for the quick resolution. Please help

    Thanks

    Sanjeev 

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:19 AM

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  • Are you upgrading from an DVD-Drive or USB-Stick? Do have an valid ISO downloaded from Microsoft website? If you're upgrading from USB-Stick, make this USB-stick again bootable with an ISO file from Microsoft. Are you upgrading to an valid version? Check this article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/installation-and-upgrade

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    Martien van Dijk

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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:58 AM
  • Hi,

    I have mounted ISO image from VMware data store--> softwares . I upgraded 6 mates of them to 2012 with the same media, not sure what is happening

    I start the setup and click on install now--> setup is copying temporary files--> starting setup and then disappears. Strange!

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:29 AM
  • Hi Sanjeev,

    You want to do  in-place upgrade? From  windows server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2.

    If so, please check section “Upgrading previous retail versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2012 R2” mentioned in below link, make sure that your Windows Server 2008 R2 meets the re-requirements for upgrading:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416(v=ws.11).aspx

    For in-place upgrade, some server roles might require specific steps to ensure a smooth upgrade. So you need to check if any specific roles install on server 2008R2. In addition, hardware compatibility for new OS version should be confirmed before upgrading.

    And you could also refer to the blog to do the upgrade.
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/chrisavis/2013/10/01/performing-an-in-place-upgrade-of-server-2008-r2-to-server-2012-r2/

    Best Regards,

    Mary


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    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:40 AM
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  • Yes I am performing upgrade from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2. Do you really think I need to run forestprep and domainprep, since it is not a domain controller, only a domain member. kindly assist here.

    Thanks

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:07 AM
  • Hi,

    >Do you really think I need to run forestprep and domainprep, since it is not a domain controller, only a domain member.

    If it's not a DC, you doesn't need to run  forestprep and domainprep. In the Microsoft server blog, the server 2008R2 installed the AD Domain Services.

    Best Regards,

    Mary


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    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:40 AM
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  • The setup is not being launched.
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:33 AM
  • Ok. Please try to find the LogFiles wich are being created by Windows when you upgrade OS to an newer version.(https://support.microsoft.com/nl-nl/help/928901/log-files-that-are-created-when-you-upgrade-to-a-new-version-of-window)

    Logfiles Location:  C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setupact.log

    Please share the LogFiles wich OneDrive, on someting.

    Try the steps below:

    1. run sfc /scannow before upgrade.
    2. Perform an NTFS file system check (chkdsk /f /r)
    3. Make sure Windows Server 2008 R2 is fully patched.
    4. Disable/Remove AV prior upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2.
    5. Perform an clean boot prior upgrading. (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows)

    Basic VGA driver
    I have experiencing once upgrade issues from Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 due an graphics card driver. You can try to remove the graphics card driver and make sure that the basic VGA is in use, and try to upgrading again.

    Please keep us posted.


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    Martien van Dijk

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    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:48 PM
  • Hi,

    The log files are created when the setup is run, since the setup is not running and doesn't create any log files. 

    Here is what is happening:

    1. double click on setup file

    2. click on install now 

    3. setup is copying temporary files--> setup is starting and disappear.

    Logfiles Location:  C:\WINDOWS\PANTHER\setupact.log

    Friday, June 01, 2018 6:28 AM
  • This is a production server and can't disable antivirus.
    Friday, June 01, 2018 6:29 AM
  • During the upgrade process, the server is obviously not running in production.  So you should be able to disable the antivirus before starting the upgrade and then re-enable it upon completion.

    tim

    Friday, June 01, 2018 12:34 PM
  • Any other workaround except disabling antivirus on the server. I have upgraded alike 6 servers and I didn't disable antivirus  on any of the node. Please suggest!

    Thanks

    Sanjeev 


    Sanjeev kumar

    Thursday, June 07, 2018 7:05 AM
  • Why can't you disable the antivirus for the duration of the upgrade?  The upgrade process itself means that the machine should not be running in a production environment mode because of the number of reboots required.  So the simplest test is to stop the antivirus, perform the upgrade, and then start the antivirus.  Besides, there is an almost 100% guarantee that the antivirus you are running on 2008 will not work on 2012.  Part of the upgrade process will require disabling the current antivirus in order to remove it.  In fact, you would most likely be better off to remove the antivirus entirely before starting the operating system upgrade, then install the appropriate antivirus version upon completion of the upgrade.

    tim

    Monday, June 11, 2018 2:27 PM
  • Hi Tim,

    The antivirus was made disabled on the server even removed as a whole but the issue still persist. could you let me know any way around to get it fixed.

    Thanks

    Sanjeev


    Sanjeev kumar

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 6:10 AM
  • Please read my previous post. Do you have follow all of the steps?

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    Martien van Dijk

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    Tuesday, July 03, 2018 6:56 PM