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Upgrading Win 2008 R2 Standard (Virtual edition) Guest to 2012 Standard RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I recently upgraded my physical Hyper-V server to Server 2012 Datacenter. One of the VM guests is OS is Server 2008 Standard - Virtual version that I downloaded from the Partner downloads site. The regular Standard version 2008 R2 would not install in the VM, hence I installed the Virtual version. When I attempted to upgrade the guest to 2012, the installer failed with the message that 'this version of Windows cannot be upgraded'. Presumably this is because the upgrade requires a 'Virtual' version of 2012 analogous to that in Server 2008 R2. Is that the case? If so, does it exist somewhere?

    Thanks,

    Jarmo

    Friday, September 14, 2012 6:45 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    If your physical server is Windows Server 2012 Datacenter with Hyper-V role installed, the VMs in Hyper-V manager is unlimited.

    I think you need to do the upgrade from the ISO to insert the disk, there are two keys here:

    1. For physical server Windows Server 2012 Datacenter;

    2. For VMs;

    You need to do the upgrade using the keys for VMs. The following table included the upgrade path to Windows Server 2012:

    If you are running:

    You can upgrade to these editions:

    Windows Server 2008 Standard with SP2 or Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with SP2

    Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    Windows Server 2008 Datacenter with SP2

    Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    Windows Web Server 2008

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1

    Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with SP1

    Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server 2012 Standard

    Please make sure your Windows Server 2008 Standard has SP2 installed.

    Regards,

    James


    James Xiong

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, September 17, 2012 7:56 AM