Upgrade or Migrate?

Should you upgrade or migrate?

Migration lets you to move the configuration of an existing server to a new server computer. Migrations are often selected over upgrades because the process is less destructive and more recoverable. Depending on the services and functionality that you need to migrate to a new server instance, there will be different requirements and actions you need to take. Fundamentally though, migration can be broken down into three phases.


  • Installing, running migration tools and identifying any prerequisites. For example, drivers and ports.
  • Preparing source server. For example, backing up your data.
  • Preparing destination server. For example, ensuring drivers and ports are available


  • Exporting or migrating data from source server.
  • Importing or migrating data to destination server.


  • Verify destination server is running successfully.
  • Decommission source server.

Post-Installation Configuration steps

The post-installation process involves configuring all of the other settings that the server requires before it can be deployed to a production environment.

  1. Configure the IP address
  2. Set the computer name
  3. Join the domain
  4. Configure the time zone
  5. Enable automatic updates
  6. Add roles and features
  7. Enable remote desktop
  8. Configure Windows Firewall settings

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