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Migrating Windows Server 2016 Essentials to an SSD?

I have a Dell Poweredge T110 II running Windows Server 2016 Essentials on a 3.5" SATA HDD. I want to migrate it to an SATA III SSD, and was wondering what was the best way to go about it? I have thought of using the opensource program Clonezilla. Are there any other options?

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Nick

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You can follow along here to migrate to new hardware.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/migrate/migrate-windows-server-essentials-to-new-hardware

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Hi @DSPatrick, thanks for your response. My understanding in reading that article is that I would need a second server to migrate to, which I do not have. Is there any way to copy the installation from the old disk to the new one in the same server?

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Sorry, there's nothing native to windows perform this operation.

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@DSPatrick Ah okay. Well it a a test server rather than a live production server, so I don't mind wiping it and starting again. I still have the original installation media and licence key. Would that be valid if I did a re-install on the new SSD?

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Yes, it is perfectly valid to reinstall it. Looks like Dell is pointing to use the evaluation media to reinstall it so there should be no problems.
https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000178353/dell-poweredge-how-to-download-the-microsoft-windows-server-media-iso-file

After installation you can convert
Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerEssentials /AcceptEula /ProductKey:12345-67890-12345-67890-12345

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