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I manage the network for a small office. The office has 1 server and 5 client machines in a Windows domain. The old server is running Windows Server 2012 Standard and the client machines are running Windows 8.1. I've purchased a new server and installed Windows Server 2012 R2 on it and joined it to the domain, although I haven't defined a role for it yet.

The old server was the Domain Controller. It ran Active Directory with Folder Redirection as well as being the DNS server and File Server for the network. What is the best way of moving everything from the old server, including the Active Directory settings, IP address, DNS Server, etc. while keeping all of the settings intact?

There is a guide at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn408633.aspx. It's called Migrate from Previous Versions to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server Essentials Experience. Can someone advise if this is applicable to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (as I am not running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials)?


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