Cost to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2

We have a legacy server that we need to do an in place upgrade to. We would like to go from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2.

1. Is there a cost to do so
2. Where do we source R2 from at this point?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
1. Is there a cost to do so
A full license for Windows Server 2016 Standard (approximately $900 US)
2. Where do we source R2 from at this point?
You buy a Volume License from Microsoft for Server 2016.  With a volume license, you get downgrade rights, INCLUDING media and keys at the Volume License Service Center.  Upside, you now have access to 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016 for upgrading to that whenever you want to at no additional server license cost.

You DON'T need new CALs if you're upgrading to 2008 R2.  You WILL need new CALs if you go to 2012 or 2016.

Though in my opinion, it's a waste of time ONLY upgrading to 2008 R2.  It's also better to MIGRATE and NOT upgrade.  No upgrade will ever be as stable as a clean install.  Keep that in mind!

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Server 2008 R2 is 64-bit and you cannot perform such an upgrade in place. That is always true for 32-bit to 64-bit conversions.

Since you have to reinstall anyway, what about moving to Server 2012 R2 (or even 2016)
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
2008 was the last version to come with a 32 bit version BUT MOST people used a 64 bit version in my experience.  If you have the 64 bit version, then an upgrade IS POSSIBLE (NOT ADVISABLE, BUT POSSIBLE).  Otherwise, John is correct if you have the 32 bit version.
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