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Windows Server Installation, Upgrade,
and Migration

This page contains links to information and tools that help you deploy servers that are running Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Learn about installing Windows Server, upgrading to Windows Server, and migrating roles and features to Windows Server.

Installation and upgrade

There are multiple ways to install Windows Server: you can purchase installation media from Microsoft, you can download copies of Windows Server, or you can purchase product keys or volume licenses that let you run additional copies of Windows Server in your enterprise.

Learn about the Windows Server operating systems to which you can upgrade your current releases and editions of Windows Server. You can also learn more about special considerations for upgrading Windows Server when you are running specific roles and features in your enterprise.


Migration Windows Server migration documentation helps you migrate one role or feature at a time from a source computer that is running Windows Server to another, destination computer that is running Windows Server. For these purposes, migration is defined as moving one role or feature and its data to a different computer, not upgrading the feature on the same computer. To get started, check the server role upgrade and migration matrix.