Windows Server 2016 has been released, so it's time to update your Windows 2012 servers now to benefit from the features of the new release. If your active directory is configured on server 2012 R2 and you want to upgrade it to Windows Server 2016, then this tutorial is the right one for you.

Upgrade active directory Windows Server 2012 to Windows server 2016

Upgrading an active directory Windows Server 2012 to Windows server 2016 has following three major parts:

  • Installing the active directory domain services on Windows Server 2016.
  • Configuring the active directory domain services on Windows Server 2016.
  • Upgrading to Windows Server 2016 by transferring it five FSMO roles.

Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016

Step 1: From the Server Manager Dashboard, click on Add Roles and Features.Add Roles and Features
Step 2: Before you continue, make sure you have a strong administrator password, a static IP is configured, and security updates are installed on your machine. Then click Next.

Check the prerequisites

Step 3: Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 4: Select the destination server on which you want to configure active directory from the server pool. In our case, it is the local server which is selected by default, so click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 5: Choose Active Directory Domain Services from server roles page. Once you have chosen ADDS role, a window will appear showing you additional required features. Click Add Features.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 6: Click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 7: Keep Group Policy Management as default selection and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 8: Read the important notes about Active Directory Domain Services and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 9: Review the installation and then click Install.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 10: When an installation completes, Click Promote this server to a domain controller.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Configuring Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016

Step 1: Choose: Add a domain controller to an existing domain. Provide a domain name and click Select. A security window will pop up, provide user name in the format <domain>\<username> and password. When done, click OK. Choose the domain from forest and click OK. Click Next.

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Step 4: Provide Directory Service Restore Mode (DSRM) password and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 6: Ignore warning and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 7: Click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 8: Note down the AD DS database, log files, and SYSVOL paths and click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 9: Click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 10: Click Next.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 11: Click Install after prerequisites check.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Upgrading Active Directory Domain Services Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 1: Open active directory users and computers. Right-click your domain and then click Operations Masters.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 2: Open RID tab and click Change. Ignore the warning and click Yes. When an operation completes, click OK.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 3: Open PDC tab and click Change.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 4: Click Yes.

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Step 5: Click OK after successful operation.

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Step 6: Go to Infrastructure tab and click Change. Click Yes.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 7: Click OK after successful operation.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 8: Open active directory Domains and Trust. Right-click Active Directory Domains and Trust and then click Operations Master.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 9: Click Change.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 10: Click Yes.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 11: Click OK.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 12: Open command prompt and type regsrv32 schmmgmt.dll and press enter.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 13: Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-ins. Choose Active Directory Schema, click Add and then click OK.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

Step 14: Right-click Active Directory Schema and then click Change Active Directory Domain Contoller.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 15: Choose your Server 2016 machine and click OK.

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Step 16: Click OK.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 17: Right-click Active Directory Schema and then click Operations Master.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 18: Click Change.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 19: Click Yes.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016Step 20: Open command prompt in Windows Server 2016 and "type netdom query FSMO" to confirm Windows Server 2016 machine is holding the five FSMO roles and it is now acting as a DC.

, How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

How to Upgrade Active Directory Domain Services from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016

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