Windows 2012 R2 -- upgrade to 2016 ?

What are some good step-by-step articles showing how to upgrade my below to 2016 since I have a small setup, plenty of backups, and can take everything down over the weekend if needed ?

Current Setup
 1. one PHYSICAL Windows 2012 R2 server
 2. five VIRTUAL Windows 2012 R2 HyperV servers
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Roughly, move the VMs to a freshly installed 2016 host lm then create a new VM, migrate data from an old VM. Decommission old VM. Rinse and repeat.

A weekend is not enough time to upgrade 6 servers. Not with any sanity and safety.

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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Cliff is right. The best option is build new VM guests. Upgrade only if you have no other choice. That also give you a quick way to "fail back" if something doesn't work.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Pop-in the disc and run setup (do not actually install), what does the upgrade report say?
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