• Status: Open
  • Priority: High
  • Security: Private
  • Views: 39
  • Last Modified:

steps to migrate DC from W2003 to W2016

Hi all,
i need to migrate from single old W2003 DC to new 2016 DC (new hardware too).
There are no other servers within these LAN ... only 4 Workstations.
Are there special considerations  to do these big step?

please give me some informations how to do the migration.

Dirk Kotte
Dirk Kotte
Cliff GaliherCommented:
2003 is so dead that Microsoft has not put out any supported path for that upgrade.  I've never tried it.  I don't know anybody who has.

Technically the pieces are there.  FRS and 2003 DDL and DFLs are deprecated but still exist even in 2016.  But it is still a huge change.

1) Make a backup.
2) Make a backup
3) MAKE.  A.  BACKUP.  (this is a risky migration and was put off too long.  SO MAKE A BACKUP!)
4) Test your backup.
5) Add your 2016 server to the domain
6) Add the ADDS role.
7) Complete the wizard.
8) Demote the 2003 server.
9) remove the computer from the domain.
10) Bump the DDL and DFL up as high as you can.  Preferrably 2016
11) Migrate from FRS to DFS-R .
12) Done.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I think I've had to do a 2003 to 2016 migration (I do a lot of migrations from different versions to different version and I think I've done this combo before... I think) and if memory serves, you cannot go directly from 2003 to 2016.  You'll need to step.  Go from 2003 to 2008 R2 or 2012 to 2016.  I did just do a 2003 to 2012 R2 with no issues.  But support is generally capped at a 10 year period and I think 2003 direct to 2016 was not supported and as such not possible.
Simplify Active Directory Administration

Administration of Active Directory does not have to be hard.  Too often what should be a simple task is made more difficult than it needs to be.The solution?  Hyena from SystemTools Software.  With ease-of-use as well as powerful importing and bulk updating capabilities.

Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
I've done a 2003R2 to 2016 in a lab and it worked correctly.

As long as you're at R2 for 2003 the migration will be fine.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
2003 32bit?
Madison PConsultant Commented:
I did a sbs2003 to server 2016 and office 365 about 6 months ago.  I had not touched sbs2003 in ten years so I wanted to find a good guide.  https://www.server-essentials.com Well worth the cost of the guide.

I would recommend you p2v the old server and do the mig virtually to iron out the steps.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Cloud Class® Course: Amazon Web Services - Basic

Are you thinking about creating an Amazon Web Services account for your business? Not sure where to start? In this course you’ll get an overview of the history of AWS and take a tour of their user interface.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now