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.
- Configure the IP address
- Set the computer name
- Join the domain
- Configure the time zone
- Enable automatic updates
- Add roles and features
- Enable remote desktop
- Configure Windows Firewall settings