Operating System Inplace upgrade to Server 2012 R2 (1 Viewer)

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    Hello,

    I am running Windows Server 2012 Essentials on my main server machine. After migrating a couple of clients to Windows 10 in the last days, I am considering to switch from 2012 Essentials to 2012 R2. Now I don't really want to start a completely new installation as this is an awful amount of work and would paralyze my TV at home. Alternatively I could buy a new SSD and do a new installation in parallel before actually switching off the old setup.

    Does anyboy have experience with migrating from 2012 Essentials to 2012 R2?
     

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    Does anyboy have experience with migrating from 2012 Essentials to 2012 R2?
    Not from Essentials to 2012 R2, but did an in-place upgrade from 2012 >> 2012 R2 a while ago without issues.
    I suspect you need to copy some drivers after the upgrade, since those aren't included in 2012 R2. Got mine included in case you don't have access to a Win 8.1 client. Simply run server_bdasetup.bat on your Server 2012 R2 OS and you should be good to go.

    Alternatively I could buy a new SSD and do a new installation in parallel before actually switching off the old setup.
    Just make an image/backup of the disc before you do the upgrade, then you can always restore.
     

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    Maybe I wait until the new Server 2016 will be released.
     

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    On second thought I wonder why even bothering. The advantages of running WSE 2012 are fading away with WSUS no longer usable for Win 10 Home machines. I currently have just three Win 10 Pro units left, for which a WSUS is kind of overkill. Instead I could change to standard online update and activate local network sharing. But let's see, maybe somebody finds a way to have the Home systems connect to the WSUS again.
     

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    I am right in the middle of building my 1012 R2 server.
    6 core 3.3mhz
    16G ram
    500G Sata Drive
    NEC D1-10 12T Raid connected thru dual ports fiber channel.

    Server runs real good.
    Installed and messing with Hyper-V. Have 2 virtual Win 7 machines so far.
    1 for testing
    1 for my web server.

    I am about 3 months into the build / configuration and am glad so far.
     

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