Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

Supported Upgrade Scenarios


From Windows Server 2003 (SP2, R2)

Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Datacenter

Datacenter

Enterprise

Enterprise, Datacenter

Standard

Standard, Enterprise

From Windows Server 2008 (RTM, SP2)

Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Datacenter

Datacenter

Datacenter Core

Datacenter Core

Enterprise

Enterprise, Datacenter

Enterprise Core

Enterprise Core, Datacenter Core

Foundation (SP2 only)

Standard

Standard

Standard, Enterprise

Standard Core

Standard Core, Enterprise Core

Web

Standard, Web

Web Core

Standard Core, Web Core

From Windows Server 2008 (RC, IDS, RTM)

Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Datacenter

Datacenter

Datacenter Core

Datacenter Core

Enterprise

Enterprise, Datacenter

Enterprise Core

Enterprise Core, Datacenter Core

Foundation

Standard, Foundation

Standard

Standard, Enterprise

Standard Core

Standard Core, Enterprise Core

Web

Standard, Web

Web Core

Standard Core, Web Core

Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios

  • Upgrades to Windows Server 2008 R2 from the following operating systems are not supported:

    • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Starter, or Windows 7

    • Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003 RTM, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 Web, Windows Server 2008 R2 M3, or Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta

    • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

  • Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported.

  • Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported.

  • Cross-edition upgrades (for example, the Windows Server 2008 Foundation SKU to the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter SKU) are not supported.

  • Cross-build type in-place upgrades (for example, fre to chk) are not supported.

Beta and Release Candidate Support

Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta to Windows Server 2008 R2 RC In-Place Upgrade is supported.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta to Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM In-Place Upgrade is not supported.

Windows Server 2008 R2 RC to Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM In-Place Upgrade is supported.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/migration-paths.aspx

Jeff Loucks
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