December 30, 2013

Upgrade Server 2008 and Migrate Domain Service to Windows Server 2012 R2

Since Windows server 2012 r2 released, a lot of corporation can’t wait to experiencing Windows server 2012 R2 new powerful function. But if we could upgrade Windows system that server is running to Windows server 2012 R2, it would be better. However, even though Windows server 2012 R2 is powerful than previous Windows server system, not all of the previous Windows system could be upgraded to server 2012 r2 with in-place upgrade .

So in this passage, we mainly talks about how to upgrade domain controller to Windows server 2012 r2 with in-place upgrade?

Among previous Windows server system, only Windows server 2008 64 or Windows server 2008 R2 could be upgraded to Windows server 2012 R2. If domain controller is running with Windows server 2003 or Windows server 2003 r2, it won’t be upgraded. So if you want to replace them with server 2012 r2, please install Windows server 2012 r2 domain controller in domain first, and then delete domain controller installed with Windows server 2003.

Detailed Windows server upgrades to Windows server 2012 r2.

System version server is running
Upgrade to these versions
Windows server 2008 standard/enterprise with SP2
Windows server 2012 r2 standard/data center
Windows serve 2008 enterprise with SP2
Windows server 2012 r2 datacenter
Windows Web Server 2008
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise with SP1
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with SP1
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Web Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Steps to upgrade Windows server 2008 to server 2012r2 according to the above table. Now take Windows server 2008 r2 as example to introduce.
  1.  Login into Windows server 2008 r2 domain controller. And then insert Windows server 2012 r2 mount image. Open Command Prompt and enter support\adprep to run prepare domain environment.
  2. Run Windows server 2012 R2 installation program.
  3. Click “Install Upgrades online instantly”.
  4. Type in server installation key and click “Next”.
  5. Choose server version and click “Next”.
  6. Accept license terms and click “Next”.
  7. Choose “Upgrade Install”.
  8. After a prerequisite for inspection, click “Next”.
  9. Wait for Installation upgrade completes, access new Windows server 2012 R2 to have a look.

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