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2008 R2 to 2012 R2 upgrade

I had this question after viewing Server 2008 r2 to server 2012 upgrade.

I am running Server 2008 R2  standard SP1 and am trying to upgrade to 2012 R2 Standard (eval)  and am still getting the error.
This is a utility server and it would be easy to just do a clean install, but this is kind of practice for the upgrade of the production servers. So I'd like to resolve this at this level.
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yes.  Licensed 2008 to eval 2012
this is the interim step to 2016
So like I said after Microsoft,, I'm sorry but it's NOT POSSIBLE
Have you misread something?
or have I?
According to that article, Server 2008 R2 standard SP1  can be upgraded to 2012 R2 standard
What media did you use to try the upgrade? I am not positive, but the eval media might be different... I did some upgrades, but buying 2016 via open license gave us downgrade and media rights to 2012R2
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If you're doing this in the testing stages of a planned upgrade, you need to purchase at least one license for Windows Server 2016.  With that purchase you should be able to download a non-eval version of 2012, so it will work for your testing environment. And you don't have to actually activate the license until you're ready to go ahead with your upgrade.  It will run (IIRC it's up to 30 days) without activation.

I don't think you have to activate the license at all if you are going to move on to 2016 or 2019 within a reasonable time...
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