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Migrate Server Roles to Windows Server 2008 R2

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

For information about migrating server roles to Windows Server® 2012, see Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server “8” Beta.

Migration documentation and tools ease the process of migrating server roles, features, operating system settings, and data from an existing server that is running Windows Server® 2003 or Windows Server® 2008 to a computer that is running Windows Server® 2008 R2. By using migration guides linked to on this page (and where appropriate, Windows Server Migration Tools) to migrate roles, role services, and features, you can simplify deployment of new servers (including those that are running the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 R2, and virtual servers), reduce migration downtime, increase accuracy of the migration process, and help eliminate conflicts that could otherwise occur during the migration process.

Most of the migration documentation and tools featured on this page support cross-architecture migrations (x86-based to x64-based computing platforms), migrations between physical and virtual environments, and migrations between both the full and Server Core installation options of the Windows Server operating system, where available.

Migration guides

The following are resources for migrating roles, role services, features, settings, and other data to Windows Server 2008 R2.


To migrate roles and data from a Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster, see Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Server roles, role services, and features

Windows Server Migration guides provide you with instructions for migrating a single role, role service, or feature to a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2. Guides do not contain instructions for migration when the source server is running multiple roles. If your server is running multiple roles, it is recommended that you design a custom migration procedure specific to your server environment, based on the information provided in other migration guides.

Active Directory Certificate Services Migration Guide

Active Directory Domain Services and Domain Name System (DNS) Server Migration Guide

BranchCache Migration Guide

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server Migration Guide

File Services Migration Guide

Hyper-V Migration Guide

Network Policy and Access Services

Remote Desktop Services Migration Guides

Print Services Migration Guide

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Migration Guide

Settings and Data

Data and Share Migration (see File Services Migration Guide)

IP Configuration Migration Guide

Local User and Group Migration Guide

Windows Server Migration Tools

Windows Server Migration Tools, available as a feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, allows an administrator to migrate some server roles, features, operating system settings, shares, and other data from computers that are running certain editions of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 to computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2.

Not all migrations require or use Windows Server Migration Tools. Guides for migrations that require Windows Server Migration Tools clearly state that Windows Server Migration Tools setup is part of the migration process, and provide specific instructions for how to use Windows Server Migration Tools.

To use Windows Server Migration Tools, the feature must be installed on both source and destination computers as described in the following guide.

Additional migration resources

Additional Server Migration Documentation Community Resources

Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths

TechNet Server Migration Forum

Microsoft Solution Accelerators

Demos and resources: Using the Windows Server 2008 R2 Migration Tools

Microsoft Web (IIS) Deployment Tool

Migrating Settings to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2