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How to migrate from SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2016 (Essentials)

How to migrate from SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2016 (Essentials)

SBS 2008 has reached the end of life already and if you still use it it is now the time to migrate. This migration guide will help you do that. Migrating from SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2016 Essentials or Standard with the Essentials Experience role installed is an easy job if you know how to do it but if you have never such a project it can be a challenge. I have written this tutorial for those people who search more guidance then Microsoft offers or for those who need a little more help.

We can migrate Exchange Server data to Office 365 and that is explained in How to do a cutover migration from Exchange Server 2007 on a SBS 2008 Standard to Office 365 but if you want to migrate to a new on-premise Exchange Server it has to be done in two steps. First, you migrate to Exchange Server 2013 (How to migrate Exchange Server 2007 from SBS 2008 to a new Exchange Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2) and if that is done we can migrate to Exchange Server 2016, see How to migrate Exchange Server 2013 to Exchange Server 2016 in a SBS migration scenario.

Every step in this tutorials has a screenshot and if any Powershell is involved we have made it easy for you to copy it to your own situation. This tutorial will guide you from the start until everything has been migrated to the new server. Users, security groups, files, folders, shares, and permissions are migrated 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 SBS 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.

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In this migration tutorial, 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.

Role or data Is migrated in this tutorial
Active Directory Domain Services
DNS
DHCP
Folders, folders, and shares
Users
Security and/or permissions
Profiles
Exchange email to either Office 365 or a new on-premise Exchange Server 2016
Migrate printers

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 2008 we offer you several choices to migrate either to Office 365 or an on-premise Exchange Server in your network. With this migration tutorial, you don't need anything else! For an overview of all migration, tutorials visit Migration guides for Windows Server 2012 or 2016 Essentials.

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