`Windows In-Place Upgrade for servers RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello All,

    I want to do inplace upgrade of Operating System only for my servers.

    I would like to know how to check which servers and applications supports in-place upgrade.

    Microsoft Related Application:

    Current OS is 2012 R2 and applications are Active Directory servers, DHCP server, File servers, KMS server, Exchange 2016 Servers, IIS Servers,SQL Servers 2012.

    Non-Microsoft Application: ARC Backup, Manage Engine, Eset Security.

    Please suggest and advise if i can i do the In-Place Upgrade for the Operating system for Microsoft related applications?

    For Non-Microsoft i shall check with the respective vendors.

    Appreciate your feedback !!



    Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:56 PM

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  • Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 have reached the end of support from Microsoft as of January 14, 2020. Running an in-place upgrade on Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 will allow upgrading to newer versions of Windows Server. Let's see what the process looks like to run a Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2019.

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:42 PM
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:44 PM
  • Hi Vaibhav,

    I don't have any 2008 R2 servers running, I want to upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2016 



    Friday, August 21, 2020 6:18 AM
  • Hi Oleg,

    Thanks for the links so i understand that i can do OS inplace upgrade for the below server roles.

    DNS Server,DHCP server, File servers, IIS Servers.

    For AD and Exchange i have to build the new one and migrate them.

    For other applications i need to check with the respective vendors whether their application supports OS In-place Upgrades of windows servers orlese i need to install the new OS and reinstall the application again.

    Appreciate your reply !!



    Friday, August 21, 2020 8:08 AM
  • Sometime IIS Server upgraded in-place from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 R2, it's 50/50. 

    File Server we was in-place upgrade, but we disconnect storage before upgrade and connect after update.  I recommend install new and use robocopy tools for move data. 

    DHCP can support migrate DHCP DB from old server to new server. DHCP Server Migration: Migrating the DHCP Server Role or How to Migrate DHCP Server to Windows Server 2016/2019?

    DNS support support migrate DNS record. Checklist: Migrate a DNS Server

    PS 8 years ago, I was migrate Windows 2003/2008/novel/lotus to Windows 2012 and Exchange 2010. You need create plan migration by service. Maybe you need more resources/engineers and time 3-6-12 month for 100+ servers with 1000+ users

    MCITP, MCSE. Regards, Oleg

    Friday, August 21, 2020 11:10 AM
  • Hi Oleg,

    Can i upgrade the below server roles directly from 2012 R2 to 2019 ?

    DNS Server,DHCP server, File servers, IIS Servers.

    Appreciate your suggestions !

    Thanks !!

    Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:44 AM