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Michael Pietrzak

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My supervisors have decided that in the interest of me "getting hit by a bus" or something else happening and I'm not around, a sys admin from another department should be able to come in and administer my hyper-v infrastructure (I say that loosely).

My bosses concluded that Hyper-V Server 2016 was too difficult for someone to just come in and start working on.

They've purchased the Server 2016 Datacenter licensing from our campus vendor but now comes time to implement.

I was hoping to just perform an in-place upgrade but I can't tell from any documentation if that's supported.

I guess I could export\reimport but would like the easiest route possible.

Any thoughts?

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Fine, let them cover their bases. Just step aside & let it happen. If something goes wrong, you won't own it.
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Hi,

first, an aside on licensing. Assuming you run Windows Server VMs, you have to have Datacenter licenses assigned to your hosts regardless of the hypervisor you install on them.

Now, to your migration. What have you got in place, HA-wise?

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Are you saying you want to migrate from a core to a GUI installation ?
Export/import should do the trick.
Also make a dump (screenshots or powershell) of the VM configs. If needed you can recreate the VM's and link them to the existing VHDX files.
Or if you have the hardware for it, do a live migration (move).

FYI: I've done an upgrade from Win2012 to W2012R2. All VM's remained intact. The VHDX files and the VM config were on drive D:

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You should be able to do a shared nothing Live Migration from Hyper-V-Server to Server with Hyper-V role if they are the same version. Not sure about clustering the two of them together if storage is an issue, but in theory, even that may be possible.
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