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I have installed the trial version of Windows Server 2012, can I upgrade this to R2 trial version? Also, the plan will be to purchase after we've tested our application. Will I be able to install an open license key in the trial version?
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by:RK
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Hi,

In-place upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures are not supported. All editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 are 64-bit only.

You can install 180 days trail version of 2012 R2 on an another server and transfer the data/roles etc to this server? will that be feasible?
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Not doing an upgrade of anything, this a fresh install. I've already installed Windows Server 2012 trial, I just want to go to R2. There's nothing to transfer this is not a production server yet.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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You will just need a trail key for Server 2012 R2.
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There is no trial key I just downloaded R2 trial and installed, I could not upgrade the existing install. According to what I've seen on TechNet you can activate the trial with retail key.
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I had to call Microsoft to resolve this issue.
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