Upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter to Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

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In this post, I will show you upgradation process for Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter to Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter step by step. Before going to upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter to Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, we have to verify exiting system hardware is supported or not for upgradation of Windows Server 2012 R2. We make sure Windows Server 2012 R2 must meet with minimum hardware requirements. if not, we are unable to upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • CPU: Minimum 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
  • RAM: Minimum 512 MB
  • Disk:  Minimum 32 GB
  • Network: Gigabit (10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter)

Microsoft Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU :  2 GHz or faster
  • RAM : 2 GB RAM or greater
  • Disk :  40 GB or greater
  • Network: Gigabit (10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter)

Before going to start the upgradation, we have to verify the Windows Server OS version details by open the command prompt and type winver1

Verify it is Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and Microsoft Windows Server Version 6.1 (Build 7600)2

Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO Image and mount the ISO Image to CD/DVD, then start the upgradation by click Windos Server 2012 R2  Run setup.exe.3

After few minutes, it will launch windows setup then click Install now  to begin the upgradation4

click No, thanks6

Select Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(Server with a GUI) and click Next7

Select I accept the license terms and click Next8

Select Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications 9

Unable to upgrade due to compatibility issue, it will generate Compatibility report  and saved on desktop10

As I verified in Google, I found that, we cannot upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter to Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter directly. We can upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1  to Windows Server 2012 R2. please find the below table for your reference.

If you are running: You can upgrade to these editions:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with SP1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Web Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 Standard Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Hyper-V Server 2012 Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup

 

I started download the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, that is windows6.1-KB976932-X64 from the below this link. https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=5842

download

To continue install Windows Server Service Pack 1, click Next11

Select I accept the license terms and click Next12

Check the box, Automatically restart the computer and click Install14

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 is in progress15

Server automatically rebooted and configuring service pack, after that login the server18

Verify Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 is now installed and click Close19

We have to verify the Windows Server OS version details by open the command prompt and type winver20

Verify Windows Server version is  Microsoft Windows Server Version 6.1 (Build 7601:Service Pack 1)21

Mount the ISO Image to CD/DVD, then start the upgradation by click Install now22

To Get Important updates for Windows Setup, click No, thanks23

Select Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (Server with a GUI) and click Next24

Select I accept the license terms and click Next25

Select Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications26

Checking compatibility is in progress27

click Next to continue the upgradation28

Copying Windows files is in progress29

Windows needs to restart to continue, click Restart now30

After restarted the system, its upgrading the windows is in progress32

Again, Windows need to restart to continue, click Restart now33

Getting devices ready is 100% completed34

Now, its Finalizing your settings35

Installing .NET Framework 4.6.1.. is in progress36

click Begin install to continue upgradation37

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Sign in38

Upgradation is completed, now login with domain administrator and password39

40                          Verify that Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter is upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition successfully with out any issues. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for reading my post……! If you feel worth please share it in social media.

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