Windows server 2008 to r2

How do you upgrade an existing windows server 2008 std to 2008 r2 and this machine is in a VM envoriment.
wcodyAsked:
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ibrahim52Team LeaderCommented:
I don't think so, please visit the link below to find out more information on UPGRADE PATHS.

Referred link :
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f2d08680-0875-44d3-bb5f-c5b05ac7201b&displaylang=en

and for more information on your topic, a similar thread was started in EE. Please visit the link below.

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_25002786.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+2008+30+r2
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ibrahim52Team LeaderCommented:
This might help you. Please visit the link below.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957256
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I think most admins would tell you don't - perform a clean install.  It's cleaner and more reliable.  If you insist, you can ONLY do it if the 2008 server is running the 64 bit version of Windows - there is no 32 bit version of R2 and you cannot upgrade from 32 to 64 - that's a clean install only.

Otherwise, mount the ISO and run setup... it should walk you through it.
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uescompCommented:
As stated by leew, clean install is the best way to go, I dont even do upgrades because you can usually run into issues that you will spend more time troubleshooting, fixing, and not running as smooth as it should.
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wcodyAuthor Commented:
We are running 64 bit edition in the VM world and the server has a portal installed on it so i really do not have much choice its really not an easy install. Leew your saying i can just down load the ISO and run it agains the machine much like we did for the 2003 machines?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You're taking a chance if you do an upgrade.  Any number of unknown things could happen that cause you problems.  But yes, A VM is nothing special - just put the disk in an upgrade.  So long as the architecture is the same and the system meets the minimum requirements in terms of disk space, you should be able to install (always make a backup of the VM first so you can back out if necessary).
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ibrahim52Team LeaderCommented:
I don't think so, please visit the link below to find out more information on UPGRADE PATHS.

Referred link :
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f2d08680-0875-44d3-bb5f-c5b05ac7201b&displaylang=en

and for more information on your topic, a similar thread was started in EE. Please visit the link below.

Link :
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_25002786.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+2008+30+r2
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