How to migrate from SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 (Essentials)

How to migrate from SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2016 (Essentials)

SBS 2011 end of life is coming soon so we need to migrate to a newer OS like Windows Server 2016. We can migrate Exchange Server 2010 to a new Exchange Server 2013 but because 2016 is already released we will choose Exchange Server 2016. This tutorial describes in depth the correct method to migrate an old SBS 2011 to a new Windows Server 2016 Essentials or to a Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter with the Experience role installed. If you migrate to Standard or Datacenter you can ignore the part where the wizard pops up and wants to install the Windows Server Experience part because that does not happen in Standard or Datacenter.

Understand network layout

Every step in this tutorial 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. 

We can migrate Exchange Server data to Office 365 and that is explained in How to do a cutover migration from Exchange Server 2010 on a SBS 2011 Standard to Office 365 and if you want to migrate to a new on-premise Exchange Server 2016 see How to migrate Exchange Server 2010 from SBS 2011 to a new Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016.

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
Folders, folders and shares
Security and/or permissions
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 2011 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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