Microsoft Server 2016: All about Remote Desktop Services Migration

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All about Microsoft Server 2016

Microsoft has never failed to meet its fans’ expectations. This pioneer has always come up with something out of the box. Microsoft Server 2016 is its latest revelation. Microsoft Server 2016 is an evolution of the Microsoft Servers from the Windows NT clan. This operating system is synchronously developed with the most coveted Windows 10, which is now ruling the world of operating systems.

Microsoft Server 2016 has come up with enticing features like Storage Spaces Direct and Azure SQL. For all those who are currently operating desktop services in older Windows Servers, this is an opportunity to switch to Microsoft Server 2016 and experiences its rich features.

Everything you need to know about the Migration

Migration needs expertise and a methodical process. Considerable knowledge is required to go through this process. Before everything else, there are certain things you ought to know about inter-server migration.

  • If you are migrating from Microsoft Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016 from remote desktop services, no direct in-place migration option is available.
  • To complete the process, an upgrade to Windows 2016 followed by migration of licences is basic.
  • RD connection brokers need to be upgraded before switching to Microsoft Windows 16.
  • RD licence must be upgraded before host servers.
  • RD session and virtualization host servers can be upgraded after the above step.

Migration Support

Below is every step that you need to understand in order to have a successful migration from Windows 2012 to Windows 2016. These steps are specific to migration Remote Desktop Services.

  1. To begin with, Remote Desktop Connection Broker Servers need to get the upgrade, before everything else. First and the foremost important step towards migration is, directing RD connection brokers. These remote desktop (RD) connection brokers must be directed to destination servers that run Microsoft Windows 2016.
  2. In the case of multiple RD connection broker servers, you must remove all the connections. The connection that is operating, must not be touched. Note that, upgrading RD connection broker servers is obligatory to the process of migration. Without this step, no migration would take place.
  3. Next, you are required to update the server that is remaining. This upgrade must be done in the deployment of the destination server, i.e., Windows 2016. Eventually, you need to add the remote desktop connection broker of Windows Server 2016 into the deployment.
  4. Upgrading RD session host servers and RD virtualization host servers comes after you have performed the above steps.
    The next ideal step is to upgrade the virtual desktop collection. This upgrade of virtual desktop collection from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows 2016 and adding virtualization host servers with Windows 2016 simultaneously will speed up the migration.
  5. Finally, you must carry out the migration of RD Web Access Servers and RD Gateway Servers. With the complete migration of Remote Desktop Licensing Servers, the entire process of migration is complete.

Administrators alone must perform the upgrade. One needs to keep all the instructions in check while performing the upgrade. This is a very crisp process and you can’t risk losing your data.

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