Question: My customer is looking at upgrading their older server to Windows Server 2016. They use a wide array of Windows Servers built-in Roles such as Hyper-V, Active Directory, Print Server, and File and Storage Services for starters. They are looking for guidance. Does Microsoft provide guidance for migrating Windows Server Roles and Features?
Answer: Yes! In fact, the article is titled: Migrating Roles and Features in Windows Server.
Here’s a description:
This page contains links to information and tools that help guide you through the process of migrating roles and features to Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012. Many roles and features can be migrated by using Windows Server Migration Tools, a set of five Windows PowerShell cmdlets that was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 for easily migrating role and feature elements and data.
The migration guides support migrations of specified roles and features from one server to another (not in-place upgrades). Unless otherwise noted in the guides, migrations are supported between physical and virtual computers, and between full installation options of Windows Server and servers that are running the Server Core installation option.