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

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

SBS 2011 Essentials will be 'end of life' soon. This tutorial is written for those who still have an SBS 2011 Essentials server that needs to be migrated to a new Windows Server 2016 Essentials server. This document focuses on specific issues that arise if you migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials. It has unique screenshots and explanations that are applicable to this migration project only.

The title of the guide mentions that we will migrate to Windows Server 2016 Essentials server but it can also be used to migrate to Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter. Just skip the chapter where we will install the Essentials Experience role and continue. But why not install the Essentials Experience role on your Standard or Datacenter server? It is a wonderful addon for your server that makes daily maintenance through the Essentials Dashboard really easy. Read more here Overview of the Dashboard in Windows Server Essentials | Microsoft Docs

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. And at the end of the procedure, we will show you how you can safely remove the old SBS 2011 Essentials from your Active Directory.

This tutorial will help most companies to migrate from SBS 2011 Essentials to a new server with a new Operating System but it is not a 'one size fit all' solution. You should read the procedure before you start and if there is anything not clear please use our special forum for subscribers to ask your questions. 

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