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Upgrading from 2008 R2 Standard RRS feed

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  • I'm trying to get to 2016 Standard via in place upgrade.  I downloaded an evaluation copy of 2012 Standard, and during the upgrade, it stated it couldn't upgrade from 2008 R2, despite info to the contrary on the Installation and Upgrade webpage.  I tired  with and without the GUI, and both refused.  I'm downloading what I hope is 2012 R2, but it will be a few hours before I can find out if that will work better.  I'm a little worried that the new download is datacenter versions only, since that's all it lists in the description box of the download page.

    I'm on a relatively slow link, so any hints might save me days of downloading.

    Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:08 PM

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  • It isn't possible to do an in-place upgrade using evaluation media. If you bought a retail key the reseller should also provide the retail installation media. Also to perform an in-place upgrade to Server 2016 the current OS need to be at least Server 2012

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/supported-upgrade-paths

     The TechNet server evaluations can be used to for a ServerStandard or a ServerDataCenter installation.

     

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

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    Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:27 PM
  • I'm aware of the two step upgrade process.

    I have a retail version of 2016.  So I have to buy a retail version of 2012 to run it just long enough to continue the upgrade path?  Seems unreasonable.

    If I find a copy of the install disk, will it run briefly without valid keys?  Or am I stuck?

    Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:44 PM
  • If I find a copy of the install disk, will it run briefly without valid keys?  Or am I stuck?

    Yes, it will run but ,you would not be able to perform an in-place upgrade from an un-activated windows installation.

    Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, also your reseller's trained licensing specialist should have this info or ask microsoft directly.

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

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

     

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    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.


    Sunday, March 10, 2019 7:50 PM
  • Hi,

    If you run Windows server 2008 R2, we need to upgrade to 2012 first, then upgrade 2012 to 2016. 

    For your reference: 

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/installation-and-upgrade#upgrading-to-windows-server-2016

    Best regards,

    Yilia 


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    Monday, March 11, 2019 9:20 AM
  • Hi,

    Is there anything I can do for you?

    If you have any problems or concerns, please feel free to post here. 

    Best regards,

    Yilia


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    Friday, March 15, 2019 4:06 AM