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Windows Server Migration - including applications, profiles and data

Zinstall WinServ is a Server Migration product. It transfers applications, settings, shares, profiles, data etc. from one Windows Server to another.
Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 are all supported, including physical to cloud, 32bit to 64bit, or cross-Windows-version migrations (such as 2003 to 2016).
Read below for more details.

For a tutorial on how to migrate all applications, data, profiles and roles to Windows Server 2016, see the Server 2016 How-To here.
For Windows Server 2003 considerations, see the guide here.

WinServ is also available from IBM Services, as part of their full service package for large scale deployments. Contact your IBM account team in your region for more information.

Server migration - including applications

Zinstall WinServ migrates applications, configurations, databases, profiles, shares and data from one server to another (note that WinServ does not transfer built-in server roles - for that, use the Full Service option below). You can migrate even across different Windows Server versions, including 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016, 32bit and 64bit. For example, you can use WinServ to transfer your applications and server environment from Windows Server 2003 32bit to a new Windows Server 2012 / 2016 64bit.

WinServ supports not just physical, but also virtual transfers, including P2V, V2V, Cloud migrations, and cross-vendor migrations (Amazon, Azure and others).

Unlike a "swing" migration, a WinServ migration can be performed directly between the two servers, without any intermediaries (a "hot swap") - as well as "in-place" upgrades of a server to a new OS.

Zinstall WinServ does not attempt to virtualize or alter your server applications. Our transfer is native, real migration. This is made possible with Zinstall LEM technology, which is able to address and decouple the OS layers of the server - OS, applications, settings, data - and then migrate the appropriate components to the new system. Using this technology, WinServ is completely application generic, and can transfer any application. Some examples include:

  • MS SQL
  • MySQL
  • SAP (including SAP Business One)
  • Oracle
  • Sybase
  • DB2
  • Java Application Server
  • Crystal Reports
  • Avaya
  • PeopleSoft
  • JD Edwards Enterprise One (JDE E1)
  • Citrix
  • Apache (Windows only)
  • WebSphere
  • Microsoft Dynamics


Full service option

In addition to the WinServ software itself, you can also use a complete remote service option. Our server migration engineers will connect remotely to your servers at a time that works for you, and perform the entire migration. In addition to standard WinServ transfer, this also includes native server roles, including Domain Controller, Active Directory, Exchange, DNS, DHCP, Group policy, User shares, security configurations, user shared data, login scripts and other components. The migration is domain-aware, and will maintain domain configurations, user permissions and settings, network settings etc.

For mission critical deployments, weekend and off-hours migrations are available - keeping your users unaffected by the migration.

Note that for Service Provider partners, our engineers will act as an extension of your team - your customer does not have any interaction with us (in fact, in most cases we don not even know who the customer is, and vice versa).


Upgrading your servers? Consolidating and virtualizing your datacenter? Moving to a Cloud infrastructure? Zinstall WinServ will do the job.

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Full service remote server migration

To purchase a migration license for the WinServ software itself, choose this option. Recommended for application server migrations.

To purchase a full service remote server migration (performed by Zinstall engineers), choose this option. This is a complete migration package, including internal server roles as described above.

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