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5 years ago

Inplace Upgrade Windows Server OS with BE 20


we are running our backup server with Windows Server 2012 R2. To get full support of backing up virtual machines running Windows Server 2019 our backup server needs an upgrade to Windows Server 2019.

Did anyone try to do an inplace upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2019? Did BE 20 run without problems after upgrading?

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  • Yes, you can do an in-place upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2019. Here is how to do it.

    To perform the upgrade

    1. Make sure the BuildLabEx value says you're running Windows Server 2012 R2.

    2. Locate the Windows Server 2019 Setup media, and then select setup.exe.

      Windows Explorer showing the setup.exe file

    3. Select Yes to start the setup process.

      User Account Control asking for permission to start setup

    4. For internet-connected devices, select the Download updates, drivers and optional features (recommended) option, and then select Next.

      Screen to choose to go online to get important Windows updates

    5. Setup checks your device configuration, you must wait for it to finish, and then select Next.

    6. Depending on the distribution channel that you received Windows Server media from (Retail, Volume License, OEM, ODM, etc.) and the license for the server, you may be prompted to enter a licensing key to continue.

    7. Select the Windows Server 2019 edition you want to install, and then select Next.

      Screen to choose which Windows Server 2012 R2 edition to install

    8. Select Accept to accept the terms of your licensing agreement, based on your distribution channel (such as Retail, Volume License, OEM, ODM, and so on).

      Screen to accept your license agreement

    9. Setup will recommend that you remove Microsoft Endpoint Protection using Add/Remove programs.

      This feature isn't compatible with Windows Server 2019.

    10. Select Keep personal files and apps to choose to do an in-place upgrade, and then select Next.

      Screen to choose your installation type

    11. After Setup analyzes your device, it will prompt you to proceed with your upgrade by selecting Install.

      Screen showing you're ready to start the upgrade

      The in-place upgrade starts, showing you the Upgrading Windows screen with its progress. After the upgrade finishes, your server will restart.

      Screen showing your upgrade progress

    Hope this helps!



    Windows Server 2019