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I have a test machine with Windows Server 2008 r2, can I upgrade it to Windows Server 2012 (AKA Windows Server 8).

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When it is released I am there will be an upgrade path offered. You will have to of course upgrade to version that offers that said upgrade migration path. – Ramhound May 9 '12 at 12:42
@Guy, FYI I just successfully upgraded a 2008 R2 Server to 2012 RTM. – Simon Opelt Sep 4 '12 at 21:35
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With all previous release of Windows, there is a clear pattern that you can upgrade one Windows version to the next immediate version directly. E.g. XP--> Vista. Vista--> Win7. Server 2003-->2008. So I believe it is safe to say that you can upgrade server 2008R2 to Windows Server 8 directly.

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I can see that this should work as there is an 'Upgrade' option as well as a 'Custom' in the install. However, my system did not actually upgrade easily because it need ADPREP first (even though the old Server 2008 RC DC was running properly). – Guy Thomas May 11 '12 at 9:03

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