Upgrade from Server 2012 Standard to Server 2016 Standard

Zach Baardsen 26 Reputation points

I am currently running Windows Server 2012 Standard. Can I upgrade to Windows Server 2016 Standard using my 2012 key? The key didn't come on a pre-built system. I believe it is an OEM key.

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Windows Server 2016
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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Windows Server 2012
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.
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  1. SUNOJ KUMAR YELURU 14,011 Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Zach Baardsen
    Installing Windows server 2016 requires a Windows server 2016 license in order to comply with licensing requirements. You cannot use a server license for an upgraded version. No OEM or previous Windows OS, You need a server 2016 license and need server 2016 product keys.
    An in-place upgrade allows you to go from an older operating system to a newer one, while keeping your settings, server roles, and data intact. This article helps you to move from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016.

    If the Answer is helpful, please click Accept Answer and up-vote, this can be beneficial to other community members.

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