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Server role upgrade and migration matrix for Windows Server 2016

Jaime Ondrusek|Last Updated: 10/19/2016

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

The grid on this page explains your server role upgrade and migration options specifically for moving to Windows Server 2016. For individual role migration guides, visit Migrating Roles and Features in Windows Server. For more information about installation and upgrades, see Windows Server Installation, Upgrade, and Migration.

Server RoleUpgradeable from Windows Server 2012 R2?Upgradeable from Windows Server 2012?Migration Supported?Can migration be completed without downtime?
Active Directory Certificate ServicesYesYesYesNo
Active Directory Domain ServicesYesYesYesYes
Active Directory Federation ServicesNoNoYesNo (new nodes need to be added to the farm)
Active Directory Lightweight Directory ServicesYesYesYesYes
Active Directory Rights Management ServicesYesYesYesNo
DHCP ServerYesYesYesYes
DNS ServerYesYesYesNo
Failover ClusterYes with Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade process which includes node Pause-Drain, Evict, upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and rejoin the original cluster. Yes, when the server is removed by the cluster for upgrade and then added to a different cluster.Not while the server is part of a cluster. Yes, when the server is removed by the cluster for upgrade and then added to a different cluster.YesNo for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters. Yes for Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters with Hyper-V VMs or Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters running the Scale-out File Server role. See Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade.
File and Storage ServicesYesYesVaries by sub-featureNo
Hyper-VYes. (When the host is part of a cluster with Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade process which includes node Pause-Drain, Evict, upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and rejoin the original cluster.)NoYesNo for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters. Yes for Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters with Hyper-V VMs or Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters running the Scale-out File Server role. See Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade.
Print and Fax ServicesNoNoYes (Printbrm.exe)No
Remote Desktop ServicesYes, for all sub-roles, but mixed mode farm is not supportedYes, for all sub-roles, but mixed mode farm is not supportedYesNo
Web Server (IIS)YesYesYesNo
Windows Server Essentials ExperienceYesN/A – new featureYesNo
Windows Server Update ServicesYesYesYesNo
Work FoldersYesYesYesYes from WS 2012 R2 cluster when using Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade.
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