Is it possible perform an in-place Windows Server 2008 r2 upgrade to 2012 r2 on an HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server ?
The reason I ask, I have been installing many HPE ProLiant DL 360p G8 servers running Windows server 2016. As always, I've always been following HP's guidelines for support recommendations
doing so, I’ve retired several perfectly running HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Servers because Windows server 2008 R2 is no longer supported
I have a client that owns a small law firm currently still running an older HP ProLiant DL380 G4 Server running Windows server 2000 R2.
Knowing that Windows server 2012 R2 is still supported, I would like to install an HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server with a fresh copy of Windows server 2008 R2 and perform an in-place upgrade to Windows server 2012 R2.
I've never done this with a server.
Would like to get input and recommendations. I've googled this and I see a few folks have done this successfully. It appears that most if not all drivers from 2008 R2 will be supported on the 2012 R2 platform. I'm not concerned with the iLo drivers
- the fact that this server will not be running any specific databases and will basically just be housing word documents, spreadsheets and JPEG's, I would like to make use of these excellent and trouble-free servers for another couple years.
Please note: I know I’ll get feed back referencing using cloud or virtual services. I do have a few clients that I have set up using SharePoint. I'll be moving more into cloud-based solutions down the road
Any input and recommendations will be greatly appreciated