How do I upgrade my Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard?


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Rob Waggoner

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Q:  (from Bruce)

I just read your article on the free upgrade to Win Server 2008 R2 standard but saw that the time frame expired a while back. Do you know what product we would need to buy and if it is possible to do a “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard" ?

A: 

We have a great document, Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation, that has a section, Upgrading Windows Server 2008 Foundation, that describes the supported upgrade path.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744832(WS.10).aspx

Upgrading Windows Server 2008 Foundation

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation supports the following upgrade scenario:

  • “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation does not support the following upgrade scenario:

  • “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Core.

While this upgrade is supported, like always, please make a backup of your server before you make a change like this.  We have tested this upgrade scenario, but there may be third party applications (like Anti-virus) that could impact your ability to upgrade the server.  Having a good backup is crucial if you run into problems during the upgrade process.

I hope this helps with your upgrade plan.

 

Until next time,

Rob

 

Comments (5)

  1. Dom says:

    how about direct upgrade from Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Server 2012 std?

    thanks

    Dom

  2. jeff says:

    you say it is possible to upgrade but provide no help at all about how to do so.

  3. test says:

    Whats that bullsh**t?


    Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation supports the following upgrade scenario:

    “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation does not support the following upgrade scenario:

    “In-place” upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Stand

    How can the same thing be supportet and on the same time unsupportet?
    This is completely unlogiacal!

  4. Owen says:

    Test, try rereading the last part of the actual answer again. You missed something.