TechNet has an article for this that start with point 1 and ends on point 2. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16033.sharepoint-2013-migrate-from-sharepoint-foundation-2013-to-sharepoint-server-2013.aspx

This is not very explanatory. There are other articles too that talk about only for upgrading from SharePoint Foundation 2010 to SharePoint 2013 but none of them talk about SharePoint Foundation 2013 to SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise.

We have currently Foundation 2013 installed on our server.

Also I can see in Central Administration there is 'Convert Farm license type option' under Upgrade and Migration.

So just by providing the license key is it possible to upgrade from Foundation 2013? or we need to follow the steps from TechNet article?

Which one if true and How we can achieve the same?

1 Answer 1


To upgrade SharePoint Foundation to SharePoint Server you must install a new SharePoint server farm and use the database attach method to migrate your SharePoint Foundation content: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-NZ/library/cc263299.aspx

You cannot upgrade Foundation by using the 'Convert Farm license type option' this is used to enable Enterprise capabilities in SharePoint Server.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.