…When you are installing Windows Server 2012,…besides the option of a clean install, you also have the ability to upgrade or…migrate existing server installations.…Upgrading is one of the options available for Microsoft.…This is the most complicated type of installation to do.…It is likely to cause problems for you, if you attempt it.…For this reason Microsoft generally recommends against it, and…suggests that you do a clean install instead of trying to upgrade.…Migrating is a much more common and…much more reliable way to transfer data from an older server to a newer server.…
It moves vital information from older servers to 2012.…However, you must do a separate migration for each role on a server.…What this means, is if you have a server running multiple roles,…you have to do a separate migration for each role.…You cannot migrate all your roles at once.…For migrating, there is no single procedure that migrates all server rules.…Every role has a different procedure, that you have to follow.…For this reason, Microsoft provides migration guides inside the migration tool…
Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.
- Installing Windows Server 2012
- Installing VirtualBox drivers
- Configuring server roles
- Configuring services
- Configuring disk and file systems
- Using alternative administration methods
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why can't I get my servers to talk to each other when I attempt to add a standalone computer virtual machine (VM) to my domain VM in VirtualBox?
A: Check the following settings if you are having this problem.
- Are your VMs' network adapters set to host-only?
- Do all your VMs have the correct IP address?
- Do all your VMs have the default gateway set to the same IP address of the host-only adapter in your domain controller VM?
- Is your DHCP server set up to manage the same IP address range of the IP address you are attempting to manually enter into your standalone server's VM?