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Brent Regnart

Migrate SBS 2011 To Server 2016 (including Exchange 2016)

Hi there and thanks for sharing your knowledge.

So as the title indicates above I'm moving from SBS (unfortunately due to Microsoft lowering the user limit) to Server 2016 (and going to include the Essential Experience role) Migrate SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials A secondary part is moving Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 Migrate Exchange Server 2010 from SBS 2011 to a new Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016.

I have a 40 user environment and I'm trying to do this without interrupting the users and/or dedicating an entire three solid days to get this done. If I understand correctly this can be done with users still having access to the server and Exchange....correct? I have read through the full tutorial "Migrate SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials" and at what point in the process ie: at what step in the tutorial, does one have to simply power through and get the migration finished else users will be left without an active server? Is there any (very) rough estimate how long this entire migrate in the tutorial takes start to finish if one just powered through in one session...I understand everyone's setup is different but mine is a pretty vanilla setup of 35-40 users.

The second part to this question is similar but in regards to Exchange. I understand that the migration between SBS 2011 and Server 2016 has to be finished first before tackling the Exchange part of this migration...is this correct? Can one have the new server running Server 2016 (as a file server) and the old SBS 2011 Server running the Exchange part of things? If so how long can this continue or is there no time limit?

Thanks in advance


  • Migration
  • SBS 2011
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Exchange Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Essentials Experience Role
asked01/25/2018 06:38
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