Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012R2

 

This topic is about Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012R2. Article will be really short because there is no possibility to do in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012/2012R2 when it has no Hyper-V role configured.

The only one supported in-place upgarde is possible when your Windows Server 2008 has Hyper-V role configured.

Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012

When you insert Windows Server 2012 installation media on Windows Server 2008 and you’ll run setup.exe or autostart will do that, you will be able to start in-place installation process

Windows setup wizard

Windows setup wizard

Click on “Install now” button to initiate setup. Wizard will copy necessary files to start in-place upgrade process

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is starting

Setup is starting

Now, you should go on-line and install the lates Windows Server 2008 updates before you will continu in-place upgrade

Note! The Internet connection is required!

Updating Windows Server 2008 before in-place ugrade

Updating Windows Server 2008 before in-place ugrade

When all updates are applied you need to provide product key for this installation

Provide valid Windows Server 2012/2012R2 product key

Provide valid Windows Server 2012 product key

after that choose Windows Server 2012 edition to which you want to upgrade current Windows Server 2008

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Accept license terms and go to the next step

License terms

License terms

Now, you can initiate in-place upgrade installation. Choose “Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files,settings, and applications

In-place upgrade initiation

In-place upgrade initiation

When you click to start in-place upgrade, setup wizard starts to check if there is any incompatible software on Windows Server 2008. In this case that process is skipped because of unsupported scenario. You will notice an error stating that you cannot do in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 (GUI or non-GUI installation) if no Hyper-V role is configured on the current server.

No in-place upgrade support for GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for non-GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for non-GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

and that’s all in this case. Unfortunatelly, you need to do clean Windows Server 2012 installation.

Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2

In this scenario, in-place upgrade path is shorter because when you start Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard, you get an error that this is not possible at all. Does not matter if current Windows Server 2008 has Hyper-V role configured or not. In-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 is not supported at all.
When you try to do that, you see an error similar to that below

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard error

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard error

That’s all, you need to use workaround in this case. First of all you have to perform in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and then to Windows Server 2012

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Author: Krzysztof Pytko

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