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I am upgrading a Windows SBS 2000 server to 2003. My main issue is the original install was done a while back and I didn't have a part of it. The server only has 4.5 gig free on the root c:\ drive. The d:\ drive has 70 some gigs free. My question is can I use the D:\ drive for the install on Windows SBS 2003? I know you can with with a fresh install but can you with the upgrade?
Any other gotcha's I should look for? Documentation makes it looks pretty simple.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 750 total points
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NO, NO, NO!   And you would never want to do even a fresh install on a D Drive.

For starters, if you only have 4.5gig free on your C: drive, I'm wondering how big it is to begin with!  But even more so, if you can avoid an inplace upgrade I would absolutely avoid it.  Inplace upgrades will haunt you with small troubleshooting issues for years to come.  (I spent over 12 hours this past weekend readying a server that was upgraded from SBS2K to SBS2003 that I am installing a new RAID array on.  The permissions were so bent out of whack I couldn't even think about moving it to the new drives until everything was stable).

Think MIGRATION instead.

So, assuming you are staying with the same hardware, then the best way to go would be with www.sbsmigration.com's SWING method.  You would temporarily add a PC as a swing server, but you then install SBS 2003 back on your original machine.  There is NO downtime, and you can take as long as you like to finish the job... so you don't have to stay up overnight sweating it out.

There's also an MS paper on Migration, but it entails changing the domain name and moving to a separate server... two things you don't have to do with sbsmigration.com's method.

Jeff
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Ok, cool. I'll look into that. Thanks.
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