Convert Windows 2008 core to Server 2012 or 2016 GUI

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We have our domain controller running Windows 2008 core. We prefer the full GUI version. Is there a to migrate/upgrade/convert the core version to a standard GUI version of server 2012 or server 2016?

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Why did you want to do this, that is not revealed? What facility you wanted to get to migrate to GUI version? To migrate from Server 2008 to server 2012/16, this is not an easy task. How many machines are there? Is this an office, hope yes, then are you an administrator.
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  • svocalem
    We have 1 domain controller & 1 file server. 25 workstations running windows 7. We just want to get away from running windows core, The current domain controller running core has become unstable. I have spoken with a few Windows Server admins and none of them have used core. I would prefer to spin up a GUI version like 2012 or 2016 if possible? or perhaps just start from scratch. Can one import the GPO's and user profiles from core to 2012 or 2016?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, import GPO's may help you. But be careful. First do all of these things on a test machine and if possible connect one/two active workstations and check if that works fine. For safety measure, take all necessary backups of one/two workstations (Windows 7), if you connect to the test machine. Never try this to your production machine directly/for an experiment, before you are comfortable of all of these things.
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