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Pop Quiz: Windows Server 2012: Migration Tools

Applies to the "Install and Configure Servers" objective of Exam 70-417.

Q: A company's administrator needs to configure various network servers for migration using the Windows Server 2012 Migration Tools.

Which of the following does the administrator need to configure on Windows 2003 or 2003 R2 servers? (Choose all that apply.)

  1. Verify that the source server has sufficient disk space (at least 25 MB) to store the Windows Server Migration Tools deployment folder.
  2. Download and install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
  3. Download and install Windows PowerShell 1.0, or a later version.
  4. Install Windows PowerShell by using Server Manager or by running the Server Manager command prompt tool, ServerManagerCmd.exe.

Answer and explanation are below.

Answer is A, B, C. Once the tools have been copied to the source servers (i.e. Windows 2003, Windows 2008) from the destination servers (Windows 2012), they will need to be registered.  Prior to registering them there are some pre-requisites needed on the servers depending upon the source servers' operating system versions.

Quick Tip: When it comes time to register the tools, open an administrative console on the source server, and navigate to the directory where the tools were copied to and run the following command: .\Smigdeploy.exe


Bonus Question: What are the requirements for using the Add Roles and Features wizard in Windows Server 2012 to install roles and features on offline VHDs? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!) (Check in next week's edition for the answer.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit is the primary tool available from Microsoft that can help identify which applications, desktops, and servers, would make ideal candidates for virtualization.

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