Upgrade Azure VM Server 2012 r2 to 2019

bratajesak 21 Reputation points
2020-03-17T18:40:26.517+00:00

I have been tasked with upgrading a handful of VMs that live on Azure. With these VMs it will be hard to build new machines and migrate all the files. So I am following the advice found on this article:

performing-an-in-place-system-upgrade-is-not-supported-on-windows-base

But when I download the vhd and load it locally there is no option to upgrade, so the question is: do I need my own copy and license to upgrade this locally?

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP
    2020-03-17T18:47:13.867+00:00

    An in-place upgrade 2012 R2 to 2019 is supported but much cleaner / safer to clean install, patch fully and migrate. To perform an in-place upgrade of windows you can run setup.exe from the root of the installation media.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/upgrade/upgrade-overview

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