Migration guides

Migration guides for Windows Server 2012 or 2016 Essentials

After running several years, the best solutions get outdated.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 Technet documentation which only explains half of what you need to know or tell in such detail that you lose focus. And last but not least we have a private forum for our subscribers where you can get help if needed.

Our migration guides are cost-effective methods for experienced IT consultants and the business owner considering the availability of skills. Whether you come from SBS 2003, 2008 or SBS 2011 and you want to migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2016 with Essentials Experience with an on-premise Exchange Server 2013 or 2016. 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.

Most migration guides are also valid for source operating systems like Windows Server Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter versions. The migration guides were not written just for SBS versions. In our migration tutorials, we migrate everything, and that includes the Domain Controller, AD, DNS, DHCP, files, folders, users, security groups, shares, and permissions, so there is no loss of data or do you need to recreate profiles or users. And at the end of the procedure, we will show you how you can safely remove the old server from your Active Directory. Our migration method does not disrupt daily operations at all, so you do not lose any productivity time in your company. And if you need to migrate Exchange email, like on an SBS 2003, 2008 or 2011 we offer you several choices to migrate either to Office 365 or an on-premise Exchange Server in your network. With our migration tutorials, you don't need anything else!

Choose a target for your migration project

In the left column, you can choose the Target operating system. In the right column Source operating systems will show

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials)

Migrate from Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials) to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2011 Standard

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

SBS 2011 Essentials

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

SBS 2008

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 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation)

Migrate from Windows Server 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation) to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium

Migrate from SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2011 Standard

Migrate from SBS 2011 Standard to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2011 Essentials

Migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2008

Migrate from SBS 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation)

Migrate from Windows Server 2008 (R2) (Standard, Enterprise or Foundation) to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Essentials Experience role installed.

SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium

Migrate from SBS 2003 R2 Standard or Premium to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server R2 Standard or Datacenter with the Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials)

Migrate Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to new hardware.

Exchange Server 2010 on SBS 2011

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

Exchange Server 2007 on SBS 2008

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

Exchange Server 2010 on SBS 2011

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

Exchange Server 2007 on SBS 2008

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

Exchange Server 2003 on SBS 2003

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