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Windows SBS 2008 -> Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation

Posted on 2014-07-11
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Hi experts!
I have found a lot articles about migration from SBS 2008 to Essentials 2012, but there is not any word about Foundation server.
I have SBS 2008 with 6 users, not using Exchange server today. Because of my hardware is running out of life I want to upgrade to new hardware with Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation. Is it even possible? Can I just promote the new server to existing domain?
I need to migrate AD, DNS, GPO, File Server.
Have you any experience with this? Do Windows Fondation have a migration mode as Essentials does?
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Question by:Jan Vojtech Vanicek
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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Treat it like a migration to server standard but understand you should transfer the FSMO rules immediately.

Any reason you don't want to use essentials? Foundation is fine for your size but lacks the remote web access and wizards available with essentials. And essentials shouldn't be much more price wise and it also gives you workstation backup.
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by:Jan Vojtech Vanicek
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The reason is price, and the fact Im not comfortable with wizards ;-) Thank you, tomorrow I will give it a try.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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The price difference for Foundation vs. Essentials is not more than a couple of hundred.

NOTE: once you begin migration and transfer the FSMO roles, SBS gives you 3 weeks to complete the migration, but the foundation server has similar rules if it's a DC (and if it's in a domain it MUST be a DC)
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Thank you! Its worked like a charm!
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