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Newbee Installing Win Server 2003 standard & needs help

Posted on 2005-03-28
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I am going to be installing Win 2003 server standard, upgrading from our NT 4 server.  Is there a document out there that can help me in the planning of this upgrade so I don't mess it up.  I have worked with desktops a bit but the server stuff is new & am a bit concerned I will mess it up.

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ID: 13647359
There are lots of things on the Microsoft Site that can help you, however can you give more information here.  Is this a stand alone server, or a domain controller??  What is the server doing now and what do you want it to do??  Do you have backups of the data.

Going from an NT4 platform to a Windows server 2003 is like night and day.  The best recommendation is to do a clean install of 2003 and copy your data back on to the box.

Author Comment

ID: 13647548
Here's the info you requested.  A stand alone server.  All email is hosted offsite.  There are two applications currently on there, Act and file sharing.  A new website (being hosted off site) is on line and we are gathering data from leads being sent from the website.  

So all it is doing is file sharing & ACT.

We have daily backups of the data.

Hope this helps.  
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ID: 13651476
OK, here would be my recommendation.  Get a second full backup (I just like to be safe) and then build out the server with a clean installation of Windows 2003 Server.  Load up ACT.  Then use your backups and restore the files you are sharing and the ACT Data.  Make sure you have the appropriate permissions on your file sharing directories and re share them.

This will give you the most stable and clean install of 2003 and get your functionality back to what was provided by the NT4 installation.

I forgot to ask, are you upgrading the same box or going to a new one?  The above will work with both.  If you are going to a new box, instead of restoring the data from a backup, you could use Second Copy 2000,, or robocopy from the 2003 resource kit.  Both will copy the file and folder permissions also.

Lastly, if they are a member of a domain, that's all there is to it.  If it is purely a stand alone and not a domain member, be sure to recreate the local user accounts on the new 2003 installation.

Author Comment

ID: 13651662
We are replacing the box as well as the OS.  This will be done later this week with implementation being planned for next week.  Thanks for the help.
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samccarthy earned 2000 total points
ID: 13651998
You shouldn't have any problems with the stand alone box and what your are using it for.  Good Luck!

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