I’m sure most organizations still have parts of their infrastructure running on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  If this applies to you and you are looking to migrate some of those services to Windows Server 2012, you will want to know more about the Migration Tools that are included in Windows Server 2012 to help you with that exact task.  As part of the Migration and Deployment Blog Series, Matt Hester just posted instructions on how to Install the Migration Tools and additional links for migrating specific services from previous versions of Windows to Windows Server 2012.

I am including a brief snippet from Matt’s blog post below, but you will want to read Matt’s entire blog post for the full article.


Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Migration Tools

imageOne of the fantastic tools we included in Windows Server 2012 are the migration tools. If you are familiar with Windows Server 2008 R2, then you are familiar with these tools. The tools can easily help you to migrate either to a Windows Server 2012 full installation or a server core installation as your destination. You also have a wide variety of flexibility in what is the source of your migration. You can migrate from:

  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86 or x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 (Full installation)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (Full installation or Core)
  • Windows Server 2012 (Full installation or Core)

The migration tools will allow you to migrate a variety of roles and services.

As you can see these tools are extremely powerful. Before you can start to use these tools you first have to install the tools. To install the tools you will follow this basic procedure:

  1. Installing Windows Server Migration Tools on destination servers that run Windows Server 2012.
  2. Creating deployment folders on destination servers that run Windows Server 2012
  3. Copying deployment folders from destination servers to source servers.
  4. Registering Windows Server Migration Tools on source servers.

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Harold Wong