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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
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@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

Yes of course, you can upgrade your Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 easily.

All you need to do is insert Windows 2012 Server CD and click on upgrade, then you follow the process.

Source and guide with screen shots : http://techsultan.com/how-to-upgrade-windows-server-2008-r2-to-windows-server-2012/

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