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In place upgrade Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Server 2008 R2 Standard - Dell Server

Posted on 2014-09-12
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Hi all,

I have a customer with a Dell PowerEdge server that was shipped with 2008 R2 Foundation. They are growing rapidly and we now need more RAM and more features running on this box. I would like to upgrade to 2008 R2 Standard and run with it from there. I know that it's possible to upgrade in-place (a la Anytime Upgrade) but I want to know if I would have an issue if I bought a retail version of Server 2008 R2 vs getting the Dell version? I'm worried about an OEM > Retail incompatibility.

Thanks!

Scott
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by:Trenton Knew
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I'm pretty sure that even if you did the in-place upgrade, you would end up with a retail license anyway.  I cannot say I have direct experience with this though, but I would imagine the upgrade process would be pretty straight forward in either case.  Pop the disk in with the OS up and running, and pick "upgrade."
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by:gheist
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Foundation is OEM only. You need to activate with key from authenticity sticker to qualify for upgrades.
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by:srnowacki
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Do you mean I need to get the upgrade/new version direct from Dell?
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If you are still under warranty/support extension then try them first, otherwise microsoft.
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That all being said, the MAIN thing you will need to do it is a valid license key for 2008 Standard.  As long as you have that, upgrade is possible with or without the disk
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OEM sticker is kind of valid licence kay...
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the OEM sticker would be for the foundation license, gheist.  As the OP said, they are wanting to upgrade to standard.  they will need to purchase a license in order to do that.  Whether they do that through Dell, retail outlet, or direct from MS via in-place upgrade, the OEM sticker is not a license for standard.  "kay?"
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Upgrade from foundation saves some 50$ compared to new purchase.
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