I am planning an upgrade to my server 2008 R2 to server 2012 r2 and wanted to check if my plan has a good chance of succeeding.
I have two DC's; DC1 is a server 2008 standard and holds all FSMO roles, DSN and DHCP ( it has no other significant functions). DC2 is a server 2008 r2 with DC, DSN roles along with some other important data applications.
I want to do an in place upgrade on DC2 to server 2012 r2 because 1) it is a very long and drawn out process to reinstall the applications and 2) the boss won't spring for a new machine right now.
I checked with the application vendors and they say I should not have any problems with an in place upgrade but I am not so sure about upgrading with the DC in place.
My question is an easy one: Would it be a good idea to just demote DC2, apply the upgrade and then promote it again?
Thanks in advance!