upgrade server 08 to server 12

A recent install of server 08 on a new machine, has only file server running.   I want to upgrade to server 12 and then add AD, DC, etc.    Best method?
JerryC101Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Cliff GaliherCommented:
TechNet has a ton of migration guidance for the different server roles on Windows. Simply install and spin up your new server then start migrating roles, one at a time, until done. With such a broad question, the answer will also be broad. Not sure what else to say.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
JerryC101Author Commented:
I guess I didn't explain what I want clearly enough.
I have a new server with a new install of server 08r2.   It has nothing configured.    I wanted to upgrade it to server 12 r2.  I wanted to know if I could put in the server 12 r2 disc and run an inplace upgrade, so that there is no more server 08r2 and is server 12r2, on the same physical box.  

I just did this so the answer seems to be 'yes'.

Re: the server in the op; that one has server 08r2 with file server config, and that is all.   I had wanted to run server 12r2 originally but it would not install on this machine (it does on other server boxes, just not on this one, which seems to be a known issue with HP), see this earlier question, in which I abandoned the 12 install in favor of 08.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Servers/Q_28494186.html
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Server Software

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.