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Windows Server migration

I just started working in a company and we have Windows Server 2003, I would like to know if we could migrate it to a more recent update, therefore I would like to know how I know what type of license (to know if you could do it) I have and also a tutorial (a link or another similar thread that they have passed) thanks guys.

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if it is possible to migrate with the configuration we have from 2003 to 2016 for example.

Assuming you're asking about a domain controller?

The prerequisite before introducing the first 2016 domain controller: domain functional level needs to be 2003 or higher

I'd use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health correcting all errors found before starting any operations. Then stand up the new 2016, patch it fully, license it, join existing domain, add active directory domain services, promote it also making it a GC (recommended), transfer FSMO roles over (optional), transfer pdc emulator role (optional), use dcdiag / repadmin tools to again verify health, when all is good you can decommission / demote old one.

Also at some point after I'd recommend migrating sysvol replication from older FRS technology to DFSR
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Storage-at-Microsoft/Streamlined-Migration-of-FRS-to-DFSR-SYSVOL/ba-p/425405


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the windows server 2003 license should be valid for 2016 right? thank you, you have helped me a lot !!

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Glad to hear, you're welcome. A 2003 product key would not activate Server 2016. You'll need a 2016 product key in order to activate.




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What roles are you migrating? What is the target operating system?




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TeemoTang-MSFT answered DaniSurez-3455 commented

Windows Server 2003 is too old and end of support.
But please understand that changing the OS of a DC or other roles server is not an easy thing, it is related to many aspects and can influence many people’s work.
Since you just start working in your company, I suggest to discuss with your IT teams and system admins for an idea.
The latest server OS is Windows Sever 2019, which has many differences with server 2003, you could try the Evaluation version for trial.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2019


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I understand what you say, but I would like to know if it is possible to migrate with the configuration we have from 2003 to 2016 for example. Right now we have a windows 2003 of which we do not want to lose the license and we want to migrate all its roles and characteristics, take advantage of this 03 that we have disconnected from the network to make the migration, I do not know if I explained well. But in summary I have a wsv2003 to test in the migration.

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