Lab 6 – Server Upgradation

  • If you want to move to a newer version of Windows Server on the same hardware, one way that always works is a clean installation, where you just install the newer operating system directly over the old one on the same hardware, thus deleting the previous operating system. That is the simplest way, but you will need to back up your data first and plan to reinstall your applications.
  • If you want to keep the same hardware and all the server roles you have set up without flattening the server, upgrading is an option—and there are lots of ways to do it. In the classic upgrade, you go from an older operating system to a newer one, keeping your settings, server roles, and data intact.
  • The extended support for Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows Server 2008 ends in January of 2020. To ensure no gap in support, you need to upgrade to a supported version of Windows Server
  • For on-premises servers, there is no direct upgrade path from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2016 or later. Instead, upgrade first to Windows Server 2012 R2, and then upgrade to Windows Server 2016.


  1. Install Server 2008R2
  2. Assign static IP
  3. Create Domain and Users
  4. Insert ISO to the Virtual CD-R Drive using the Vmware console settings
  5. Prepare the Schema üNow Run 2012R2 set-up
  6. Choose in Install option – Upgrade

STEP 1 : Domain creation in Server 2008

  • Open Run (by pressing windows+R) and type in dcpromo

  • Click Next

  • Click Next

  • Select Create a new domain in a forest

NOTE: DCPromo (Domain Controller Promoter) is a tool in Active Directory that installs and removes Active Directory Domain Services and promotes domain controllers.

  • Type in FQDN of the forest root domain as

  • Set Forest functional level (Windows Server 2003 – Leave it by default), click Next

  • Set Domain functional level (Windows Server 2003 – Leave it by default), click Next

  • On Additional Domain Controller Options page leave DNS server option  checked and Click Next

  • On Location for Database, Log Files and SYSVOL page**,** leave the default locations as it is and click Next

  • Set DSRM password and Click Next

  • Make sure you picked all the right options and click Next

  • Usually takes a few minutes

  • Click Finish and Restart Now Windows will restart and start applying all the setting changes necessary to make this server an Active Directory Domain Controller

STEP 2: Adding OU & Users in Server 2008

  • In Server Manager, expand Roles -> expand Active Directory Domain Services -> expand Active Directory Users and Computers -> expand -> Right click users -> Click New -> Users.

STEP 3: Insert ISO to the Virtual CD-R Drive

  • Right click on Virtual machine -> go to Settings

STEP 4: Prepare Schema

cd d:
cd support
cd adprep
adprep /forestprep
C (Press Enter)
adprep /domainprep

  • Now Run 2012R2 set-up and proceed for Upgradation

  • Choose in Install option – Upgrade

STEP 5 : Verification

  • Make sure that all of the server roles and features that had been set up during server 2008 are available in the New upgraded version with keeping your settings, server roles, and data intact.