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Migrating Roles and Features
in Windows Server

This page contains links to information and tools that help guide you through the process of migrating roles and features to Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Many roles and features can be migrated by using Windows Server Migration Tools, a set of five Windows PowerShell cmdlets that was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 for easily migrating role and feature elements and data.

The migration guides support migrations of specified roles and features from one server to another (not in-place upgrades). Unless otherwise noted in the guides, migrations are supported between physical and virtual computers, and between full installation options of Windows Server and servers that are running the Server Core installation option. 


Before you begin

Before you begin migrating roles and features, verify that both source and destination servers are running the most current service packs that are available for their operating systems.

An e-book of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 migration guides is now available. For more information, and to download the e-book, see the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies. Windows Server Migration Guides are also available as part of the PDF download, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library Documentation, available on the Microsoft Download Center.

 

Windows Server 2012 R2

Migration Guides

Follow the steps in these guides to migrate roles and features from servers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server Migration Tools in Windows Server 2012 R2 supports cross-subnet migrations.

 

Windows Server 2012

Migration Guides

Follow the steps in these guides to migrate roles and features from servers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012. Windows Server Migration Tools in Windows Server 2012 supports cross-subnet migrations.

 

For additional migration resources, visit Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server 2012.

 

Windows Server 2008 R2

Migration Guides

Follow the steps in these guides to migrate roles and features from servers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server Migration Tools in Windows Server 2008 R2 does not support cross-subnet migrations.

 

For additional migration resources, visit Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server 2008 R2.