Migration guides

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Migration guides for Windows Server 2012 SBS 2003 SBS 2008 SBS 2011 to a new Windows Server 2016 or 2019 with Office 365 or Exchange Server

Once you have seen our migration guides you understand why many administrators use them!

Most of the technical documentation “out there” is inadequate (or you wouldn’t be here) so we’ve stepped up and completed a series of guides to ensure no matter what server you’re moving from, no matter what server you’re moving to, you’ll be supported.

Our migration services provide everything; from documentation guides for those who are somewhat tech savvy, to intensive hand-holding for those less technical (and too busy) who would rather sit back and relax while we do the work.

After running several years, the best solutions get outdated. In most cases, migrating to new hardware is the best route for upgrading the operating system. Our migration guides are the hassle-free solutions for your project. No more wading through endless technical documentation which only explains half of what you need to know or worse, has too much detail that you lose focus. We also have private forums for our subscribers so you can get peer-to-peer help if you are community-minded.

Our migration guides are cost-effective methods for experienced IT consultants and the business owner (and all proficiencies in between). Whether you come from Small Business Server, SBS 2003, 2008 or SBS 2011 and you want to migrate to Windows Server 2016 or 2019 Standard or Essentials with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016 or 2019. Or maybe you want to move your email to the cloud with Office 365. You have come to the right place. We have a migration guide for all of these projects.  

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Target - the new server
A direct migration path from Exchange Server 2003 to anything higher than Exchange Server 2010 is not possible. You need to do a 'double hop'. After migrating to Exchange Server 2010 you can migrate to Exchange Server 2013/2016 or 2019.

Exchange Server 2010

Migrate Exchange 2003 from an SBS 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address.

A direct migration path from Exchange Server 2007 to anything higher than Exchange Server 2013 is not possible. You need to do a 'double hop'. After migrating to Exchange Server 2013 you can migrate to Exchange Server 2016 or 2019.

Exchange Server 2013

Migrate Exchange 2007 from an SBS 2008 to Exchange Server 2013 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address.

A direct migration path from Exchange Server 2010 to anything higher than Exchange Server 2016 is not possible. You need to do a 'double hop'. After migrating to Exchange Server 2016 you can migrate to Exchange Server 2019.

Exchange Server 2013

Migrate Exchange 2013 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. Integrate the on-premise Exchange Server with the Essentials Dashboard. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 with Exchange Server 2008 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016

Exchange Server 2016

Migrate Exchange 2010 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. Integrate the on-premise Exchange Server with the Essentials Dashboard. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2003 with Exchange Server 2003 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016

Exchange Server 2019

Migrate Exchange 2013 to Exchange Server 2019 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 with Exchange Server 2007 to Windows Server 2019 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2016

Migrate Exchange 2013 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. Integrate the on-premise Exchange Server with the Essentials Dashboard. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 with Exchange Server 2008 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016

Exchange Server 2019

Migrate Exchange 2016 to Exchange Server 2019 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2011 with Exchange Server 2010 to Windows Server 2019 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2019

In a typical Small Business Server 2003 Standard migration scenario, you need multiple guides to reach the end result with a new server and a new location for your mail. That is one for the operating system and that is two for Exchange Server 2003 mail in the case you want to migrate to a new on-premise Exchange Server 2016. A direct path from Exchange Server 2003 to 2016 is blocked and therefore we have two migration guides. One for migrating Exchange Server 2003 to 2010 and after this has been done another migration is needed from Exchange Server 2010 to 2016. The migration to Office 365 is a direct path, no extra hops needed.
You cannot migrate SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2019. You need to migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 as a minimum.

Windows Server 2016

Migrate from SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Migrate from SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Exchange Server 2010

Migrate Exchange 2003 from an SBS 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address.

Exchange Server 2016

Migrate Exchange 2010 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. Integrate the on-premise Exchange Server with the Essentials Dashboard. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2003 with Exchange Server 2003 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016

Office 365

Cutover migration of Exchange 2003 from an SBS 2003 to Office 365. 

In a typical Small Business Server 2008 Standard migration scenario, you need multiple guides to reach the end result with a new server and a new location for your mail. That is one for the operating system and that is two for Exchange Server 2007 mail in the case you want to migrate to a new on-premise Exchange Server 2016. A direct path from Exchange Server 2007 to 2016 is blocked and therefore we have two migration guides. One for migrating Exchange Server 2007 to 2013 and after this has been done another migration is needed from Exchange Server 2013 to 2016. The migration to Office 365 is a direct path, no extra hops needed.

Windows Server 2019

Migrate from SBS 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2019 Standard, Datacenter or Essentials.

Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter

Migrate from SBS 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Migrate from SBS 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012

Migrate from SBS 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Exchange Server 2019

Migrate Exchange 2013 to Exchange Server 2019 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 with Exchange Server 2007 to Windows Server 2019 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2016

Migrate Exchange 2013 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. Integrate the on-premise Exchange Server with the Essentials Dashboard optional. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2008 with Exchange Server 2007 to Windows Server Essentials 2016 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2016.

Exchange Server 2013

Migrate Exchange 2007 from an SBS 2008 to Exchange Server 2013 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address.

Office 365

Cutover migration of Exchange 2007 from an SBS 2008 to Office 365. 

In a typical Small Business Server 2011 Standard migration scenario, you need multiple guides to reach the end result of a new server and a new location for your mail. That is one for the operating system and the other one for Exchange Server mail.

Windows Server 2019

Migrate from SBS 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2019 Standard, Datacenter or Essentials.

Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter

Migrate from SBS 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Migrate from SBS 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012

Migrate from SBS 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Exchange Server 2019

Migrate Exchange 2016 to Exchange Server 2019 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address. This is the second hop in a migration scenario from SBS 2011 with Exchange Server 2010 to Windows Server 2019 with an on-premise Exchange Server 2019

Exchange Server 2016

Migrate Exchange 2010 from an SBS 2011 to Exchange Server 2016 in a typical network for small businesses with only one public IP address.

Office 365

Cutover migration of Exchange 2010 from an SBS 2011 to Office 365.

Windows Server 2019 (draft)

Migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials to Windows Server 2019 (Essentials) or Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter.

Windows Server 2016

Migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012

Migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2016

Migrate from Windows Server 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation) to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012

Migrate from Windows Server 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation) to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2019

Migrate from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2019 Standard, Datacenter or Essentials.

Windows Server Essentials 2016

Migrate from Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials) to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with or without the Essentials Experience role installed.

New hardware

Migrate Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 to new hardware.

Windows Server 2019

Migrate from Windows Server 2016 Essentials to Windows Server 2019 Standard, Datacenter or Essentials.

New hardware

Migrate Windows Server Essentials 2016 to new hardware.