Several years ago on ML, I documented my adventure of a server upgrade and Windows Server migration. Primarily, the challenge was upgrading the AD server from Small Business Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2. That was a challenge but ML was instrumental in helping me find the best documentation and methods to do so. I'll never forget the night that I pressed enter on the AD migration script but it went 100% perfect.
Since then, via Hyper-V, we run our AD, File Server and Backup Server (Veeam and BackupAssist) on that one physical server. I also re-purposed and purchased licenses for the old server and it also runs 3 virtual servers. All 6 virtuals are 2012 R2.
So today, our new Dell VRTX arrived and it will replace both of those physical servers. It is a two node system based upon PowerEdge M630 with plenty of storage and a ton of drive bays left for future use.
The purchase comes with Remote Consulting Service so I'll use that as much as I can, especially in configuring the nodes.
I also believe that migrating the VM's won't be so bad though I am looking for best practices on that.
We purchased the appropriate licenses for Server 2016 with Software Assurance. As mentioned, everything is currently on 2012 R2.
The easiest plan would be to migrate the VM's over as they are and upgrade them to 2016 later (we have the license to do so.) But I'm thinking it might be best to go ahead and knock that out now...
So looking for some opinions, suggestion and best practices...thanks...