Migrate from 2008R2 to 2012R2?

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Migrate from 2008R2 to 2012R2?

Veeam Logoby Icomefromfrance » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:14 pm

I was to use veeam to update from 2008 to 2012 hyper-v. My concern is, I have a cluster. I would need to bring down one host and failover all the VM's to the second host. Upgrade the host to 2012 and then use veeam to bring the VM's into the 2012 host. Then at that point, upgrade the second host to 2012. My concern is, how does this affect the cluster? do I simply just recreate the entire structure?
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Re: Migrate from 2008R2 to 2012R2?

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:44 pm


According to this blogpost you will need to re-create your failover cluster after upgrading all the nodes to Windows Server 2012 R2 > http://www.itsolutionbraindumps.com/201 ... per-v.html

As to the Veeam related question, you can use replication jobs to migrate your VMs from 2008 R2 to 2012 R2 Hyper-V host.

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Re: Migrate from 2008R2 to 2012R2?

Veeam Logoby matt306 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:08 pm 2 people like this post

In all honesty try to avoid upgrading an existing host. Microsoft recommend a clean install and from my own experience upgrades can introduce "gremlins" that you'll spend ages trying to resolve.

Using Veeam you can migrate using this guide:

http://www.veeam.com/blog/3-east-steps- ... 12-r2.html

Alternatively you can use the migration wizard in cluster manager. This doesn't require any additional storage. Assuming you have a two node cluster and have a tested backup:

1. Evacuate VM's to the other node
2. Evict the node from the cluster manager, your 2008 cluster will now be a one node cluster.
3. Rebuild the node with 2012R2, and create a new cluster (again this will be a one node cluster) If using ISCSI attach your volumes to the new node, but do not online them or anything else.
4. Run the migration wizard from 2012R2, this will populate the node with your VM's and Disks. Check that they are all there before proceeding to the next step.
5. If everything is OK, turn off your VM's and offline the disks in Cluster manager on the old cluster. Online the disks in the new cluster and start your VM's
6. Update the integration services on each VM and reboot them.
7. If everything is working as expected rebuild the other node and join to the cluster.

Before doing a migration, I'd do a quick check that your existing VM's are healthy and check for any unusual NIC configurations, such like WNLB (which uses MAC spoofing), Static MAC addresses and the like.
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