Windows 2008 Foundation Udpate


I have WIndows 2008 R2 Foundation server installed for over 5 years. There are 5 users working on the server
I need to change to new hardware server. Which version of WIndows 2012 (non standard edition too expensive) should I buy if I wand to keep my domain, users profiles, ect...

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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
No matter what you do you will have to start fresh or migrate.  Migrations are not hard, but they require you to follow some documentation that easy to find and follow.  

Your choices seem to narrow down to a new version of Server Foundation or upgrading to Server Essentials.  Foundation allows for 15 total users, Essentials allows for 25 total users.  Neither requires CALs.

However, Essentials also offers complete backup of the all the PC's in the office, a Remote Connection feature called Remote Web Access or Access Anywhere, a dashboard for routine management, and a few other goodies.  

I would probably not jump so soon.  Server 2016 will be out in the next year and every edition of Server offers more features.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Server 2012R2 Foundation is only available pre-installed.usually on low end server hardware Essentials you can buy for approx $425USD
gadsadAuthor Commented:
I decided to migrate to 2012 R2 Foundation (we have only 6 users)
If I follow instructions should I be able to easily migrate AD on the new server? (users accounts, profiles...)
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
for such a small environment with no particular requirements for the new features only available in Windows 2012, IMPO there is no need to upgrade especially if all existing OS and applications are running well.
Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Yes, you should be fine.  Join the new server to the existing domain... promote it.  Wait for replication.  Transfer data, reset any mapped drives and references to the old server on the stations.  Turn old server off.  Wait.  If all is well, turn back on, demote old server, turn off and wait.

Slightly more to it if it gets messy, but that is the essence.

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gadsadAuthor Commented:
thank you, I will do as you say
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