cannot upgrade w2008 r2 foundation to w2008 r2 standard

Hi,
I'm trying to upgrade a windows 2008 r2 "foundation" to 2008 r2 standard, to get rid of the 8gb ram limitation.
Microsoft says this is the only way to upgrade "in-place" a foundation version.

The problem is that the upgrade process says I'm trying to upgrade to an older version... ?

The only reason I can think of is because I prepared a CD with W2008 R2 with service pack 1 included.
Would it make sense to try with a version that do not include SP1 ?

Thank you for your help,
Orazio
OrazioPCAAsked:
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OrazioPCAConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Hi,
I think I mistaken myself...

It seems that I burned a non sp1 version which is dated 2009.

It make sense because the foundation one installed has the sp1 installed.

The new iso with sp1 is dated 2010. see the attached pic.

So I will try to upgrade with sp1 version and let you know but I'm quite confident.

Have a nice week-end,
Orazio
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
You don't need to use a disk to do an in-place upgrade, look at using the DISM command instead as this can do an in-place upgrade without media. See this article for more information and the steps required to do this: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server_core/archive/2009/10/14/upgrading-windows-server-2008-r2-without-media.aspx

Take special note of where the article states that the server cannot be a DC if you want to use this command to upgrade the version of Windows.
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OrazioPCAAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much !

I will try that next wednesday but dism says it's ok (see attached pc).
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
Very good. Looks like all you need to do now is run the command: DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
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OrazioPCAAuthor Commented:
Hi again,

I just simulated a dcpromo and it says that all AD settings will be deleted and that users will not be able to login again.
Are we sure I can demote and remote without losing AD settings and roles ?

Thank you,
Orazio
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
Ah, I wasn't aware that the server was also a Domain Controller. In that case, no. Do not demote this machine if is your only DC in your environment.

Try using a non-SP1 version of Server 2008 R2 to perform the upgrade instead as you mentioned in your original post.
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OrazioPCAAuthor Commented:
ok... bad news...

I hope the non sp1 will work...

Thank you for your help,
Orazio
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
Not a problem, please keep let me know how you go.
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OrazioPCAAuthor Commented:
That's it ! sp1 to sp1

Make sense.

Thank you for your help and have a nice week-end,
Orazio
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
So you managed to do the upgrade OK with a SP1 disk?
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OrazioPCAAuthor Commented:
that's right :-)

Thanks again,
Orazio
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