Trying to Perfrom an In-Place Upgrade from Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Enterprise to Server 2012 R2 Standard

tlbiro94 41 Reputation points
2021-06-17T18:51:47.737+00:00

When I try to run the setup media to do an in-place upgrade from Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Enterprise to Server 2012 R2 Standard the application will start then after copying temp files it gets to starting setup then crashes back to the install now screen. It does not give any error messages, I don't see any abnormalities in the event log either.

I have tried burning the ISO onto a USB drive and a CD but my NAS server does not detect the CD and says that I don't have permission to write to the USB device. I was able to burn the ISO from another computer and make the USB drive and CD available on the network so the NAS server could access it remotely but still same issue every time.

Any suggestions would be appreciated as I know 2008 Server is EOL and really need to get this upgraded ASAP.

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-06-17T19:55:37.037+00:00

    No, in that case you'll need to backup data, clean install, patch fully, restore the data. You can also pursue the in-place route but I'd make sure backups are recent and known to be good since an in-place is a very risky move.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-06-17T19:10:59.37+00:00

    You can follow along here.
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/ask-the-directory-services-team/migrating-your-dfs-namespaces-in-three-sorta-easy-steps/ba-p/395021

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  2. Docs 15,136 Reputation points
    2021-06-17T20:01:08.023+00:00

    A clean install is always the best option as this method installs the cleanest files, partitions, file systems, etc.

    An in place upgrade is supported by Microsoft:

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/upgrade/upgrade-2008r2-to-2012r2

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  3. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-06-17T18:56:55.617+00:00

    In-place upgrades are never recommended for a number of reasons. Better option is always to clean install, patch fully and migrate roles over. Also check that the hardware supports the operating system and update the ROM bios, firmware before hand.
    https://www.windowsservercatalog.com/

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  4. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-06-17T19:01:14.753+00:00

    What roles are installed?