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Edeejay-1705 asked DSPatrick commented

Upgrade RDS server 2012 R2 to 2019

Hi to everyone,

I Have a question...
We have a 2012 r2 server with RDS licenses installed for 2012 servers.
We have bought a pack with RDS Licenses for 2019 servers.
Could I Upgrade my 2012 r2 server to 2019 for install these new licenses?
Or RDS 2012 licenses will not work after the upgrade?

I would like to have both of licenses.

Could you help me?

Thanks in advance.

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DSPatrick answered

You can't use older CALs to access newer Windows Server versions, but you can use newer CALs to access older Windows Server versions.

Looks like an in-place upgrade is not supported.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/upgrade-to-rds

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Edeejay-1705 answered DSPatrick commented

Thanks for your reply, @DSPatrick @cthivierge

I´m sorry but You want to say that I have to do this steps:

Create a new server with Windows Server 2019
Install RDS rol
Install 2019 licenses
Move 2012 licenses from older server to new server.

And I can´t upgrade 2012 r2 to 2019, hold 2012 licenses and install new 2019 licenses....

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Yes, that is always the recommended method and also appears to be the only supported method.

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cthivierge answered

Personally, i don't do any in-place upgrade. I do prefer to start with fresh install servers.

I think in-place upgrade should work but i do not recommend it. Also, you may have downtime compare to build a new RDS farm.

Here is the compatibility matrix for RDS Licensing

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/rds-client-access-license

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