First hands-on Upgrading to Windows Server 2022 Domain Controller #Windows2022 #Windows2016 #winserv #CloudOS #WIMVP

Windows Server 2022 is built on the strong foundation of Windows and brings many innovations on three key themes: security, Azure hybrid integration and management, and application platform. Also, Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition helps you use the benefits of cloud to keep your VMs up to date while minimizing downtime.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/whats-new-in-windows-server-2022?WT.mc_id=AZ-MVP-4025011

As some of my Domain controllers are running on this is a great moment to upgrade them,Upgrading a domain controller is always tricky when you loos you AD, well I got a copy in Azure Winking smile

How ever Windows is supporting Rolling Upgrades Upgrading to Windows Server 2022 but this is only for a .

For other Servers you can upgrade your server or better reinstall. Bet you all choose for the Clean install. Well For a domain controller, it's a quick process to redeploy but often there is ton's of software on the DC that should not be there and makes it hard to loos the DC right ?

So my DC server 2016

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Finding the FSMO roles

netdom query fsmo

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You can't upgrade the server when there is a FSMO role running on the server. Tested this and if failed So move the FSMO roles from your DC.

Yes I hear you you have only one DC well create a virtual second one and move the fsmo roles to that server upgrade and move the roles back and demote the Extra DC and you are back to a single DC.

my other DC is mvpdc22

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I move the roles to my second DC

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Quick and Smooth migration

Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “Your-DC” -OperationMasterRole SchemaMaster,RIDMaster,InfrastructureMaster,DomainNamingMaster,PDCEmulator

I mounted the ISO to the DC (virtual CD disk)

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YEs I want to make the product better.

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Use your Product key or if you are on hyber-v you can use the AVMA key https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/vm-activation-19?WT.mc_id=AZ-MVP-4025011

The following AVMA keys can be used for Windows Server 2022:

Datacenter
W3GNR-8DDXR-2TFRP-H8P33-DV9BG

Standard
YDFWN-MJ9JR-3DYRK-FXXRW-78VHK

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I still love my gui So I install the desktop experience

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Read the entire EULA and I agree.

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My domain Controller desktop (remember this is my lab) Don't use your DC for any other things than using it for a DC.

I want to keep My files

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Yes Install

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Let the Setup running

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So in just 20 min my DC was upgraded to 2022 lot's of new stuff is there but that's all for a next blog post. Hope it was usefull and remember make sure you have a backup things my fail in your environment

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/whats-new-in-windows-server-2022?WT.mc_id=AZ-MVP-4025011

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