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Migration from Microsoft SBS 2011 to Microsoft Server Essentials 2016

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Last Modified: 2018-02-06
Hello,

We have an active directory setup in a small 10 user environment with Microsoft Small Business Server 2011. And would like help in figuring out a smooth transition to our new server that we just received with Microsoft Server Essentials 2016.

What is the process?
Transferring roles?
Time-Limits?
Old Server as a secondary dc possible?

Thank you for your help. We have migrated Windows Server Standard, but don't work a whole lot with essentials or SBS 2011.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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You would have to do a migration.  Make sure you disable and remove Exchange properly from SBS.

Roles are transferred when you install 2016 Essentials into an existing domain.  This will start a 3 week timer on the SBS server.  You MUST complete the migration by then or the SBS server will start shutting down.

You CANNOT continue to use the SBS server in any capacity without reloading it with a new, non-SBS class OS.

I strongly recommend you setup a test lab and go through the process a couple of times to familiarize yourself with it.

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Roles are transferred when you install 2016 Essentials into an existing domain.  This will start a 3 week timer on the SBS server.  You MUST complete the migration by then or the SBS server will start shutting down.

Do you mean by joining it to the existing domain with admin credentials?
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Thank you for the help. The process was as straightforward as migrating a server with Standard.
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