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How to do an in-place upgrade of Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 on the same hardware

How to do an in-place upgrade of Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 on the same hardware

Many people asked me if there is a tutorial on doing an in-place upgrade of a Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 to 2016 and I always said it could not be done. Well, it can be done but you must make sure it is the right decision. Imagine you have Windows Server Essentials 2012 (R2) that was installed 3 –4 years ago the hardware it runs on is probably the same age. If you upgrade the OS to the latest version you want the time and money you invest to last for another 3-4 years I assume but is that realistic? I mean, the hardware is then really old. I always tell my customers to purchase new hardware with a major OS upgrade because in most cases the hardware you run the ‘old’ OS on is probably out of warranty. But there can be a valid reason for you to do an in-place upgrade of the ‘old’ OS to a ‘new’ OS and for that situation I wrote this guide. It is your decision to use the old hardware!

This method may work for you or it does not work. It is your decision to use this tutorial. We do not accept any responsibilty for the outcome of an inplace upgrade of your Domain Controller. The preferred way of upgrading a Domain Controller is a migration to new hardware and the migration guides can be found here https://www.server-essentials.com/migration-guides

Remember that this guide is only meant for Essentials like operating systems. This can never be done on any older SBS version, that must be a migration to new hardware always.

This guide has two chapters. In the first chapter we prep the old Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 and in the second chapter we complete the upgrade to Windows Server Essentials 2016.

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