QRG | Quick Reference Guide | Migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2

Here is yet another tangent thought totally not related to any other of my blog posts!  Maybe some day they will converge!  After doing a recent migration for a great customer in DC, I thought I would share these resources for others to enjoy as well.  Although this will not cover everything, the goal was to make a handy one-page reference guide to all that is new, while informing of some other possibilities in the migration!  I hope it is useful to you too :) Included at the very bottom, is a PDF version of this for your convenience.

QRG | Quick Reference Guide | Migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 R2

Welcome to this custom Quick Reference Guide for migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2008 R2. The purpose is to provide you resources for your Windows Server 2012 R2 migration and to get started quickly with the new features of Windows Server 2012 R2.


Get Started…  

§ What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2


§ What’s new in AD DS in Server 2012 R2

§ Domain Forest Functional Level Comparisons

§ Features Removed or Deprecated 2012 R2


§ What’s new in Kerberos Authentication


§ AD DS Virtualization in 2012


§ What’s new in Group Policies in 2012 R2

Active Directory Administration

§ Management tools for 2012 R2

§ Server Manager for Server 2012

§ Active Directory Administration Center


§ Get Started with Group Managed Svc Accts

§ PFE: Group Managed Service Accounts


§ Windows Automation w/ PowerShell

§ PowerShell Format Options

§ Using the Where-object cmdlet


§ AD DS Deployment Cmdlets

§ AD DS PowerShell Cmdlets

Migration and More PowerShell Certificate Services

§ What’s new in Certificate Services

TechEd Europe – October 2014


§ Active Directory + BYOD


§ Modern Data Center: Server 2012 R2 End to End Design


§ Advanced AD FS and Web Application Proxy Troubleshooting on 2012 R2


§ Directory Services Team Blog


§ Cloud Identity: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Explained


§ Protecting Data in Microsoft Azure


§ Microsoft Azure for Enterprises: What & Why


§ Microsoft Azure AD Premium –in Depth