One really cool benefit of being a MCT is that we get a subscription to TechNet Direct! This means I was able to get my RTM copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 earlier this afternoon!!
You can get a copy of the RTM bits yourself as a 180 trial, here.
I have a few machines that I run in my lab environment, and I figured I’d upgrade them to the latest OS so that I would have a head start for when my clients want to start installing it later this year. Many of you know the basics of installing an operating system, and I’m not going to lie – this isn’t much different than installing Server 2008, but I figured I’d document my progress and post it here for those who might benefit.
Because my lab already exists on Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition x64 (you cannot upgrade from x86), I wanted to do an in-place upgrade, rather than a clean install. After doing the first machine, and gaining confidence, I moved on to the 2nd; which was my domain controller. Because I’m a little insane (& lazy), I wanted to try the upgrade via remote desktop. By golly it worked! I wouldn’t recommend this for, um, lots of reasons – but I can say it DOES work!
Before upgrading the Active Directory domain controller, I first browsed to the .\support\adprep folder and ran the following two commands:
These commands allow for the installation of the first 2008 R2 domain controller. Be sure to do this before you begin the upgrade routine. Active Directory is beyond the scope of what I want to cover today, but if you’re curious about adprep; more info here.
For this article, the images used are from Hyper-V (you’ll notice the window frame). This is not the computer I did remotely, but the process didn’t change.
So without further delay, here are the screenshots:
Once you check everything out for yourself, don’t forget to activate! You’ve got 10 days before it starts to remind you.
And there ya have it! Happy Upgrading!