Windows Server 2016 Migration Step by Step Guide

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is the best Windows Server 2016 migration software for transferring files, applications, settings, profiles, and shared data from any server to a new Server 2016. You can migrate Server 2003/2008 r2/2013 to Server 2016, or from Server 2016 to Server 2019.

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What's The Easy Windows Server 2016 Migration?

To transfer Windows 7 to Windows 10 or transfer Windows 10 from an old computer to a new one, the Windows easy transfer tool does well. When it comes to Windows Server 2016 migration, do you know which Windows server migration software gives the best experience? Windows server administrators are usually with advanced computer skills, and it's not hard for most of them to do the migration by hand with sophisticated management. For example, the commonly known methods include Active Directory migration, DHCP migration, Certificate Authorities migration, ADFS migration, and File Server migration.


Admittedly, those manual ways indeed work in transferring everything you need from one server to the other. However, it's a tedious task when there are huge files to copy, and any disruption in it can lead to a waste of time. As a matter of fact, that happens very frequently, and many administrators have experienced failure. Why not turn to an intelligent server migration software, particularly one that can automatically migrate data from one server to the other on a massive scale?

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EaseUS Todo PCTrans: Free and User-friendly Server 2016 Migration Software

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is the best Windows Server 2016 migration software for transferring files, applications, settings, profiles, and shared data from any server to a new Server 2016. You can migrate Server 2003/2008 r2/2013 to Server 2016 or from Server 2016 to Server 2019 with minimal effort.


Multi-mode of data transfer:

Direct transfer from server to server over the network and indirect-transfer from server to server via an image.


Transfer to Server 2016:

Support server transfer from lower version to higher version (Server 2003/2008/2012/2016 to Server 2016.


Transfer from Server 2016:

Support the latest Server 2019. Transfer Windows Server 2016 to Server 2019.


Supported migration data:

Applications, files, shared data, profiles, databases, settings, etc.


How to Migrate Applications, Database, and Profiles from/to Windows Server 2016

Since earlier Windows 2003 and Windows 2008/2008 r2 are too old, it's time to upgrade your server to Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. By following how to migrate to Windows Server 2016, you can complete a server migration without reinstalling necessary applications or re-configuring the settings. 

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Guide: How to migrate to Windows Server 2016 over the network

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your source and target computers, connect both PCs via the internet.

1. At the "PC to PC" section, choose the transfer direction and click "Start" to continue. 


2. Select your target computer via its device name, then enter its account password or verification code. Then click "Connect" to continue.

You can check the verification code on the right top of "PC to PC" mainscreen on the target computer.

connect the two pcs

Step 2. Select the categories Applications, Files, and Accounts to transfer via the internet.

If you want to transfer data selectively, click "Edit" under each category, and choose the specific items.

select applications, files or accounts

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring your apps/files/accounts from one computer to another computer via the Internet.

transfer applications, files or accounts via internet

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Guide: How to migrate to Windows Server 2016 via "Backup & Restore"

The "Backup & Restore" allows you to back up the files at no charge and restore them via a created backup file. With its help, you can smoothly and successfully migrate to Windows Server 2016.

Step 1. Create a backup file. 

1. Connect your USB (flash) drive/external hard drive to your source computer. Launch Todo PCTrans, click "Backup & Restore > Start" on the main screen.


2. Select "Data Backup" to move on.

Transfer files via backup & restore - step 2

3. Hover over "Applications", "Files" and "Accounts" columns to choose the specific data, applications, etc., and click "Back up" to create a backup file. 

Transfer files via backup and restore - step 3

Step 2. Recover via the created backup file.

1. Plugin your USB drive which stores the created backup file to the target PC.

Ensure your target PC has EaseUS Todo PCTrans, open PCTransImage and double-click the backup file. Otherwise, click PCTrans_setup.exe to install this tool.

Transfer files from PC to PC via backup & restore - step 1

2. Now, you can select Applications/Files/Accounts you want to restore. Click "Restore".

Transfer files from via image - step 2

3. Wait a while and click "OK" to finish the restore process.

Transfer files via image - step 3

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After these steps, you are sure to have achieved your goal. You can learn more about this useful tool. If you encounter any problems while using the tool, please contact our technical support crew.

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