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rickels

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We have been running Server 2008 R2 for a long time, and have just gotten funds to upgrade.  I purchased the license for Server 2019, and Microsoft included rights and license keys for 2012 and 2016 as well.  We are small, but all servers are running on VMware, so I plan to setup new DCs on 2019 and phase out the 2008 servers.  Is this a good idea?  Would it be better to step up one version at a time?

We are running an empty domain at the forest root that only has two DCs, and then our primary domain has four DCs (one at each location).

I would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

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I dont think going through ws12/ws16 would be adding anything. I think adding 2 new ws19 dc’s would be just fine, 2008r2 is still supported so i guess ws19 dc’s on 2008r2 forest/donain level while your ws08r2 dc’s are still there, it should be ok.

But don’t take my word for it: do your research, check msdocs for any upgrade paths and any other things you should know before doing the work.

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I've done a side-by-side migration from Win2008R2 to Win2016 for Active Directory. I can guarantee that scenario.
Considering you are a small company, maybe it's just a bit to early to start with Win2019, but nevertheless I think this should work.

We had one major problem with our migration (see https://newforum.minasi.com/post/click-on-explorer-shortcut-doesnt-work-after-ad-upgrade-8512783?pid=1296254844).  Luckily wkasdo was there to help us out.  If you should consider to send him a private message, please keep us informed on the public forum.




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Hi,

if you have Exchange in that forest, you need to look up in the compatibility chart whether you can upgrade your domain controllers and to which version.

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Thanks to everyone for the good advice.  I think we will go with 2016 for now; that seems like the safest route.  We don't need most of the new features of 2019 yet, so the only reason to move forward with 2019 would be the longer end of life date.  We can install 2019 as more information becomes available and others have led the way.
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Great, let us know how it goes!
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