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Questions regarding in-place O/S upgrade of SharePoint servers RRS feed

  • Question

  • Our existing SharePoint environment consists of four Windows 2008 servers (APP, WFE, Search, Office Web Apps).   The goal is to upgrade the OS to Windows 2012.

    So based on this thread, it sounds like the best option to upgrade is either:

    1) set up new 2012 servers, install SharePoint, and attach databases

    2) add 3 new 2012 servers to existing environment, and rotate out the older servers

    What if we have customizations and Nintex installed on old servers?  All of that can be manually added back in to the new servers I assume. 

    What about the Office Web App server?  I believe we can do in-place upgrade on that since SharePoint isn't technically installed on that server.  

    We're eventually going to migrate to SharePoint Online, but we're trying to move fast to avoid paying extended support for Windows 2008 which will be out of support by MS by January 2020.  

    Also, is it a bad idea to combine the search server with the app server?   That will at least minimize the number of servers to pay extended support for in case we cannot meet the Jan 2020 deadline.


    • Edited by XRS Friday, September 13, 2019 3:34 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2019 3:34 PM

Answers

  • The general recommendation is to never do in-place upgrades of any Windows Server, regardless of what it runs. For OWA, that's super easy -- just add new OWA servers to the farm and retire the old ones.

    You can install Nintex to any server required -- work with them on any licensing concerns. Customizations, if properly deployed via a WSP, will replicate to the new servers as appropriate. Anything else you will need to put in place by hand, like you originally would have.

    You can combine App and Search -- this is actually what the shared MinRoles in 2016/2019 do.


    Trevor Seward

    Office Apps and Services MVP



    Author, Deploying SharePoint 2019

    Author, Deploying SharePoint 2016

    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    • Marked as answer by XRS Friday, September 13, 2019 4:05 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2019 3:36 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • The general recommendation is to never do in-place upgrades of any Windows Server, regardless of what it runs. For OWA, that's super easy -- just add new OWA servers to the farm and retire the old ones.

    You can install Nintex to any server required -- work with them on any licensing concerns. Customizations, if properly deployed via a WSP, will replicate to the new servers as appropriate. Anything else you will need to put in place by hand, like you originally would have.

    You can combine App and Search -- this is actually what the shared MinRoles in 2016/2019 do.


    Trevor Seward

    Office Apps and Services MVP



    Author, Deploying SharePoint 2019

    Author, Deploying SharePoint 2016

    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    • Marked as answer by XRS Friday, September 13, 2019 4:05 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2019 3:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Trevor -  As always, thanks for your expertise and quick responses on these forums!!!!!!
    Friday, September 13, 2019 4:06 PM