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Migrate Windows Server 2008 Foundation to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Updated: November 21, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Essentials

This guide describes how to migrate an existing Windows Server 2008 Foundation domain to Windows Server® 2012 Essentials on new hardware, and then to migrate the settings and data. This guide also describes how to remove your existing server from the Windows Server 2012 Essentials network after you finish the migration.

noteNote
To avoid problems during migration, the Windows Server 2012 Essentials product development team strongly recommends that you read this document before you begin the migration.

For links to additional information, tools, and community resources to help guide you through the migration process, see Windows Small Business Server Migration.

Source Server:  The existing server from which you are migrating your settings and data.

Destination Server:  The new server to which you are migrating your settings and data.

This Migration Guide includes the following steps:

  1. Prepare your Source Server for Windows Server 2012 Essentials migration.  You must ensure that your Source Server and network are ready for migration. This section guides you through backing up the Source Server, evaluating the Source Server system health, installing the most recent service packs and fixes, and verifying the network configuration.

  2. Install Windows Server 2012 Essentials in migration mode.  This section describes the steps you should take to install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on the Destination Server in migration mode.

  3. Join computers to the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials network.  This section covers joining client computers to the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials network and updating Group Policy settings.

  4. Move Windows Server 2008 Foundation settings and data to the Destination Server for Windows Server 2012 Essentials migration.  This section provides information about migrating data and settings from the Source Server.

  5. Demote and remove the Source Server from the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials network.  Prior to removing the Source Server from the network, you must force a Group Policy update and demote the Source Server.

  6. Perform post-migration tasks for Windows Server 2012 Essentials migration.  After you finish migrating all settings and data to Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you may want to map permitted computers to user accounts.

  7. Run the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Best Practices Analyzer.  After you finish migrating settings and data to Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you should run the Windows Server 2012 Essentials BPA.

Several of the migration procedures require that you open a command prompt window as an administrator.

  1. Click Start.

  2. In the search box, type cmd.

  3. In the list of results, right-click cmd, and then click Run as administrator.

  1. On the Start screen, in the search box, type cmd.

  2. In the list of results, right-click cmd, and then click Run as administrator.

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