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Migrating Active Directory Domain Controller from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

    Question

  • Hi,

    I have migrated domain controller from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016. In my lab environment, I was using Standard edition with desktop experience for both Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016.

    Can I migrate DC from Server 2012 R2 standard edition (Desktop experience) to Server 2016 Data center version (Server core)/Server 2016 Standard version (Server core)?

    I explored TechNet but I couldn’t find anything and I have limited resources in lab to test this case.

    Best,

    Karim

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:30 PM

Answers

  • Did you mean in-place upgrade? If so it is possible for a licensed install but never recommended. Converting CORE<->GUI<->CORE can be problematic and I think option has been removed in 2016. Always better to clean install and migrate. Since you mentioned a lab setup then it is not possible to upgrade in case of an evaluation version.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/supported-upgrade-paths?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    • Edited by Dave PatrickMVP Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:24 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Todd Heron Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by Karim Buzdar Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:00 AM
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:50 PM

All replies

  • Did you mean in-place upgrade? If so it is possible for a licensed install but never recommended. Converting CORE<->GUI<->CORE can be problematic and I think option has been removed in 2016. Always better to clean install and migrate. Since you mentioned a lab setup then it is not possible to upgrade in case of an evaluation version.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-docs/get-started/supported-upgrade-paths?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    • Edited by Dave PatrickMVP Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:24 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Todd Heron Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by Karim Buzdar Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:00 AM
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:50 PM
  • Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your answer!

    / Karim

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:01 AM
  • You're welcome.

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 1:56 PM