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Upgrade Windows 2000 Server to 2003 Server via remote administration connnection?

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I am using the Remote Administration mode of Terminal Services for a Windows 2000 Server SP4 system.  I would like to upgrade to Windows 2003 Server, Enterprise Edition using this remote administration console connection.  I use a matched pair of Symantec Firewall/VPN Appliance 100 routers to link to the master domain from home.  Then it's as simple as using the remote admin to connect and do the work.  Can I perform this operation or do I need to log on locally at the system to perform the upgrade?

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Is this server a DC?  If so, upgrading requires extending the schema before upgrading the OS.  Here's a couple HOWTOs from Microsoft on upgrading DCs from Win2K to Win2K3:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325379

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/ad/Windowsserver2003/deploy/upgrdmigrate/UpgADc14.asp

I haven't finished both articles yet, but I don't see anything that specifically saysyou can't do the upgrade remotely.  That said, I wouldn't recommend it, especially if the server is a DC.  Any small problem that arises, from a problem with the install to a hang on a reboot, can mean an outage for your users.  

 
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Well, I did it.  Piece of cake.  Load the CD.  Start the install, enter the install codes, reboot.  Let the automated sequence take over....log back on an hour later....DONE!  No problems whatsoever.  All of the schema upgrades and preparation was taken care of by Exchange 2003 Server which was installed earlier.
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