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- Wed, Feb 15 2017 at 10:18 am #61926
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.
- Wed, Feb 15 2017 at 6:39 pm #61934Michael PietroforteKeymasterPost count: 740Member Points: 2,136
Do you mean migrate or upgrade? In Microsoft’s documentation “migrate” sometimes means a clean install of a higher Windows version on new hardware. In this case you only have to worry about licensing issues.
Or is your problem that you want to do an in-place upgrade from a server with Desktop Experience to Server Core?
- Sat, Feb 18 2017 at 2:57 am #66491
Yes, I mean upgrade of DC from Server 2012 R2 standard edition (Desktop experience) to Server 2016 Data center version (Server core)/Server 2016 Standard version (Server core)?
Is this possible?
- This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Karim Buzdar.
- Mon, Feb 20 2017 at 8:08 pm #67187Michael PietroforteKeymasterPost count: 740Member Points: 2,136
As far as I know it is not possible to move from Desktop Experience to Server Core in Windows Server 2016. So you have to make sure that you do this before you upgrade or during the upgrade process.
What you could try is to do this before you upgrade. I suppose if you then upgrade from Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016, you will end up with a Server Core installation.
And according to this guide, you can select Windows Server 2016 without Desktop Experience during the upgrade process to Server 2016 on a domain controller running Windows Server 2012 R2.
Don’t forget to back up your server before you begin.
- Tue, Feb 21 2017 at 5:05 am #67699
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