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Upgrade OS for RDP Server to 2016

Raneesh A
Raneesh A used Ask the Experts™
Dear Team,

We have number of VMS which are having old OS 2008 R2 and need to upgrade to 2016 standard.

Scenario 1:
 I have an RDP server running on 2008R2 i want to upgrade to 2016 standard. Can you please share the best practice to achieve. I have the licenses.
Can i run the 2016 setup on the VM and upgrade.

My setup is on VMware Standard (HCI) version 6.7.
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My answer is the same as the answers to your other posted questions.  You cannot upgrade a server from 2008R2 to 2016.  Your system is virtualized, so what you need to do is create a new VM, install Server 2016 and then configure it for remote desktop services.  If you need some guidance on this:


This article is for Windows Server 2019, but 2016 is the same.