server 2008 foundation R2 to 2008 standard R2

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2012-10-09
We are going to be upgrading a server from 2008 foundation R2 to 2008 standard R2.  Currently they have it as a Domain Controller running active directory.  They also have medical and time clock software installed.  What are the best steps taken for this type of an upgrade? and  will it effect active directory or any software currently running on the server?

Thanks for your help in advance.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Yes, it's simple to go from  Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation -> Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, as long as you are not running as a Domain Controller.

    The dsim upgrade path does not work, unless you Demote the Domain Controller.

    As you are running a Domain Controller role on Foundation, you will lose Active Directory, unless you can transfer the roles to another server. But I would assume as this is Foundation, they only have a single server, and quite small setup.

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    It does have Active Directory.  They don't have another server.  What would be the best course of action?  Re-setup the domain after upgrade?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    What is the requirement to upgrade to Standard!

    you have no option, but to demote, upgrade, and redo Active Directory.

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