Upgrading from Windows 2000 Server to Server 2003 Standard
Posted on 2006-11-16
Hi, in the near future, I am planning on upgrading my server from Windows 2000 Server to Windows 2003 Standard.
I currently have a Windows 2000 domain controller, and a Windows 2000 Exchange Server. I am planning on upgrading the domain controller, then on a later date after I am sure the upgrade was successful, i will be replacing the exchange server. Does anyone have any thoughts on the easiest and most reliable way of upgrading the domain controller with minimum down-time? I've never upgraded a server without reloading the new OS from scratch, so I am looking for a little help on this one.
What I know so far:
1) Backups are good, have been good for quite a while, and i will do a full backup before upgrade
2) My server exceeds the hardware requirements for 2003 Server.
3) My OS is compatible for an upgrade.
Any other suggestions would be extremely helpful.