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Upgrading from SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2012 R2

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Is it possible to upgrade from Small Business Server 2011 to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 2016 R2.  Can someone please help?
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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.
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Is it possible to upgrade? No, but it is entirely possible to MIGRATE!

Now the thing is, you can migrate from SBS to "Essentials", however it entirely depends on your current situation. Are you using exchange? Are you using sharepoint? Is it running Active Directory? All of these need to be addressed prior to migrating your server.

If you're running exchange, you'll need a second server, it won't take exchange on a domain controller. If you're not running exchange are you planning on moving your active directory to 2016?

If you can provide further details, we can help, but I need the above answered.

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Small business server had the server application built in, where as if you are going with a regular Windows Server it will not. So in short, no you can't just upgrade the OS and keep the apps in place. It might be technically possible, but is not supported.

Is there something specific you are needing to do? Maybe we can help you with alternatives.

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I'm not running Exchange or Sharepoint, only active directory

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Ultimately, I would like to move the all FSMO roles from SMS 2011 and move it to Windows server 2012 R2 and then decommission SBS 2011
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Awesome
Thank you so much

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What about the FSMO roles
I read somewhere that the SBS server has to host all FSMO roles,
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Do I have to install Essentials on my SBS 2011 Server
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No, like I said you can't install a new OS over top of SBS. It's not designed to work that way.
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You need to migrate services, not upgrade them, you cannot do an inplace upgrade of SBS to 2016R2.

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I'm sorry guys, this essentials thing is confusing me?  Can someone explain to me if I need to install essential on the Server 2016?  I'm not sure if I need it or not.   Please explain, I would appreciate that
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