Windows 2003 Standard Ed - Upgrade it to Windows 2003 Enterprise - Using Same Computer name

Hello Ladies n Gentleman,

I have an old Box which Due to a failure of 2 out of 6 of the Drives, it is being replaced (Thank the Perc 3 God for Hotspares).

It’s a Windows 2003 Standard Ed
Dual 933
1.5Gb Ram
C: - 20Gb – Array 1 – RAID 5 – Across 5 disks w/ 1 HS
D:- 47Gb -  Array 2 – RAID 5 – Across Same 5 disks w/ 1 HS

Services its Running / Provides;
CA, Domain Licensing, TS Licensing
File Server, Print Server

Backed Up via Veritas Backup Exec 9.1 to an External DLT Drive 80-160  - So I can backup everything.

Anyways I want to upgrade the Box to Enterprise Ed but I can’t do a parallel install as the CA has to be the same name.

I need the Enterprise Ed to run more DFS Shares + expanded CA control

I can put it in a Sandbox which it will be the only DC but there can be a few test workstations.

I was just going to install a blank machine with Veritas BE on it then “Restore” the server over the top, but I’m open to idea’s.

So if you have any ideas let us know !

There are 10 business days till I get the new server so I wont be “picking an answer” for about 3 weeks.
Im offering the 500 points to get some quality not quantity


Rob !
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Hi joblink,

From everything I have read, you should simply be able to upgrade directly over Standard Edition with Enterprise.

Once there, you can bring your new server into the domain and transfer all FSMO roles, GC, services, shares and the CA over to the new server without much problem.  There are articles to explain how to move each of your services on TechNet.  Use keywords - move WINS, move CA....etc.

It should be rather painless, however tedious.

When you're ready to start your project let us know and we can assist on the fly.


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