We are a non-profit running one server the last 7 years as a file and database server. After some recent hardware problem it was decided to upgrade both hardware and software to the most recent editions. We presently run Windows server 2008 STD and SQL Sever 2008 Std and backup Exec. We are moving to OS 2012 and SQL 2016 and upgrading Backup Exec.
I am wondering what is the best and easiest way to move from one server to the other with a minimum of downtime for my users. Our Databases (accounting, mailing) are critical to our organization. I act as admin for everything as well as my other duties and installed and maintained everything on this server for the 7 years. There is nothing on the new box at all now..