Migrate Windows XP PCs from SBS2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential Server

My current local area network consists of a SBS2003 server, 5 Windows 7 Pro machines and 2 Window XP Pro virtual machines (VM).  the Windows XP machines are required to run some legacy 32-bit applications that do not support Windows 7 pro.

I plan to migrate SBS2003 server to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential Server, and I have already migrated the mailboxes from on-premise exchange 2003 server that is a part of SBS2003 server) to a cloud-based mail service provider.  I am following the Microsoft procedure in the link below to migrate from SBS2003 to Server 2012 R2 Essential Server.  


As per the link above, I can migrate existing Windows 7 PCs to  the new Windows server 2012 R2 Essential server by using Windows server connector.   However as per the same link, the connector does not support Windows XP PCs.  Does it means that I no longer use Windows XP machines in the new Windows 2012 R2 Essential Server, or there is a way to manually join Windows XP machines to the new server?
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You can connect Windows XP machines to a 2012 essentials server but you loose all of the nice Essentials features when you do so. You can connect them to a 2012 domain for reference also. I don't think you can use the migration tool for Windows XP clients you need to connect those manually.

Some of the limitations:

You cannot use the server's Connect Wizard (http://servername/connect) to connect XP or Vista clients.

Xp/Vista clients cannot be backed up with the Essentials backup solution.

There is no essentials client to install like you will see with the Windows 7 machines. This controls the backups, pushes out VPN connections etc.

The dashboards Implement Group Policy option does not work for XP, but you can roll out Group Policies to the machines normally.

XP machines will connect to the domain but they do not show up under the dashboard.

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