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Windows 2003 Server Upgrade and Previous Partitions

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Hello folks,

I inherited the administration of a Windows 2000 server.

The server is a Windows 2000 Advanced Server which I just increased the memory from 128MB ECC to 640MB ECC (not sure why they only had 128MB on a server but hey.....)

They also have two SCSI drives (20GB) that has been partitioned and mirrored (sort of - yea it gets worse).

C: (7GB BOOT DRIVE) is not mirrored. Its on the second SCSI disk.
D: (2GB SYSTEM DRIVE) is not mirroed. Its on the first SCSI disk.
F: (12GB DATA DRIVE) is mirroed across both drives.
5GB  unpartitioned space on disk 1.

Personally I wouldn't have done it this way myself. The D drive contains the BOOT.INI and the i386 fokder (thats it - not even the pagefile)

The way I would have done it and the way I want to change it is to eliminate D partition completely (SYSTEM - NOT BOOT) and make the C parition both the SYSTEM and BOOT parition and then mirror it over to where D used to be on the first SCSI drive (and using that extra unused space.)

As a sidenote the F partition is on a different area on the first drive so I will need to break that mirror as well and delete the duplicate parition and recreate that mirror once C is taken care of.
 
So how can I move the system to the boot drive or can I more easily accomplish this with my scheduled Windows 2003 Server upgrade? Its gonna be an upgrade and not a fresh install - so I had a bad feeling its not going to let me change boot/system drive information via an upgrade.


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Why does it have to be an upgrade?
Most "upgrades" can be worked around in one way or another. I only do upgrades for one reason - and that is to upgrade NT4 DC to Windows 2000 DC to get the AD to create. And that is always done on a "throw away" box like an old desktop.

My personal preference would be to wipe the entire lot and start again. Is the mirroring done in Software with Windows or
hardware on a RAID card?

Simon.
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No its software based and I have considered doing a fresh install.

But this is a single server setup at this particular client - could be a pain. I don't particularly want to recreate the domain users, security permissions and rejoin all machines to it and move profiles if i have to. And they aren't wanting to budget a second server at this point. You know how that goes I'm sure.

I mean, I could set up a desktop with 2003 server on it and replicate it all but that might be more trouble than its worth. Especially when setting up replication and then trying to completely remove it later.
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Upgrades are also more hassle when they go wrong - and I would really try to avoid doing an upgrade in a single server environment.
Looking at the drive space you have indicated, there isn't a massive amount of data involved. If you can get a desktop with enough space then I would do something like this:

1. Install Windows 2003 Server.
2. Run Domain and Forest prep for Windows 2003.
3. DCPROMO in.
4. Move all Domain roles and services to the new machine.
5. Move all data using something like ROBOCOPY. Used with the right switchers this will maintain the security permissions.
6. DCPROMO out the old server.
7. Drop old server in to workgroup.
8. Wipe old server and start rebuild.
9. While rebuild is underway, flush out all traces of old server from network.
10. Once build is complete, install drivers, components, updates etc.
11. DCPROMO rebuilt server in. Move server roles back.
12. ROBOCOPY data back.
13. DCPROMO temp server out.
14. Drop temp server in to workgroup.

Domain intact, data intact, server is a clean build.

Simon.
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