Upgrade Windows on a server that has SharePoint Server installed

If you want to upgrade the version of the Windows Server operating system on a server that has SharePoint Server 2010 or later installed, use the process described below. In-place upgrade of the Windows OS with SharePoint installed is not supported.

Note If you apply updates that include only cumulative updates or service packs on a SharePoint server, you don't have to use this process.

  1. Create a new server with the version of Windows Server you want.

  2. Join the new server to the server farm. For more information about this step, see:

  3. Move services to the new server as needed.

  4. If you're using the search service application, make sure you remove the search component from the old server.

  5. Decommission the old server.