Windows server 2016 co-existence and migrate/upgrade scenarios with Windows server 2012 R2/2008/2003

By | April 30, 2018

Upgrade Active Directory Server 2016 from Windows Server 2012 R2/2008/2003: Is windows server 2016 can co-existence with windows server 2003? Can I do in-place upgrade from windows server 2003 or windows server 2008/2012 R2? Which is supported and which is not supported and how can I plan Active Directory upgrade path from my old legacy windows server 2003/2008 R2/2012 R2 to 2016

Will discuss unsupported operating systems and how to introduce windows server 2016 with Active Directory 2016? and active directory 2016 compatibility matrix

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Supported in-place upgrade paths

You can do in-place upgrade only if you are running windows server 2012 operating system, this can’t be done with nay other old legacy operating systems like windows server 2008/2003

Domain controllers that run 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 operating system can be upgraded to Windows Server 2016 (Windows Server 2016 only comes in a 64-bit version, won’t support upgrade from 32-bit), more details

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Prerequisites

 Domain Functional Level should be at least Windows 2008 mode. This is the minimum required Domain Functional Level that would allow Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller installation.

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Not supported

Windows Server 2003 DFL and FFL (Forest and Domain Functional Levels) have no longer supports Windows Server 2016

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Supported

Windows Server 2016 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2000 DFL and FF, Supported Domain Controller Operating Systems are Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2000, more details 

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