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Upgrade 2000 Server to 2003 Server

Posted on 2004-09-07
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I plan on upgrading my Server 2000 to Server 2003 Std.. Besides checking hardware compatibility is there anything I need to do before the upgrade? This is a single ad server on a network with 20+ users.
I have good backups.
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by:jdeclue
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If you are running exchange 2000, you must run a fix Before doing the Windows 2003 Forest Prep/ Domain Prep... please read the following KB.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314649&Product=winsvr2003


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by:mikeleebrla
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jdeclue is kind of wrong and kind of right, it just depends on your enviroment,,, simply look at the system requierments for exchange 2000,,,, exchange 2000 will NOT even run on a windows 2003 server.  How could it?,, exchange 2000 was made before windows 2003,,, so it couldn't have been written to run on an operating system that didn't even exist at the time.

That fix in the link might fix some errors if your DOMAIN is a 2003, but you CANNOT run exchange 2000 on a windows 2003 SERVER.

here are the exchange 2000 system requirements:

http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/previous/2000/sysreqs.asp
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by:jmgallo
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I do not have Exchange Server on this server or on the network.
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ok,, well in that case just run forrest prep, then domain prep and you should be good to go.
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by:jmgallo
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Thank you.
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