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Upgrading server 2000 to windows 2003 Standard

I currently have Windows 2000 Terminal Server SP4 - I want to upgrade to Windows 2003 Standard. First of all can this be done without a clean install? I received the disk with an OEM Pre-installation kit. What is the OEM pre-installation kit for? Do I need to run that before I do the upgrade?

Thanks for all your help!
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dalton1976Commented:
This will helps you:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/upgrading/w2k/default.mspx

The OEM Pre-installation kit is to start from scratch (add drivers that you'll need)
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avoginiCommented:
Its a bit of a loaded question, but there are a few key steps to remember.

1) You must upgrade your TS licenses to Windows 2003 first. Otherwise, the new servers will not accept the licensing server. You will need to contact your Microsoft rep or Microsoft Licensing Dept on checking if your TS licenses are W2K3 compatibale or not.

2) Is this server also a DC? That can impact your upgrade path as well.

3) Is this your only TS licensing server?

Check out this link: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/a7a2c77c-2749-40c6-8169-9b68b75087271033.mspx?mfr=true

It basically outlines the various upgrade options, and then directs you to links on where to go next. But the biggest thing before you do this is making sure the licenses themselves are correct. That got me in trouble when we did this ourselves about 3 years ago.
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brian226Author Commented:
What do you mean by DC?
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avoginiCommented:
DC = Domain Controller, a server that monitors and configures your Microsoft Active Directory installation.
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brian226Author Commented:
Oh DUH haha - sorry about that. Right now I have 4 servers. This server is only for a program called Webtrends which needs to be on its own computer. It does not manage AD or anything, its not even a DC - it is on the domain however but doesnt run anything.
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brian226Author Commented:
The other servers are running windows 2003 already
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avoginiCommented:
Ok good, that is one less thing to worry about. And if then the others are running 2k3 already, makes your job all the easier. Then just check about your licensing level (making sure its 2k3) and then follow the steps in the link I posted above. In the end, it really won't be that complicated, just an upgrade to everything.

(And don't forget to make sure your Webtrends version is 2K3 compatible!) ;-)
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brian226Author Commented:
Hey thanks a lot guys. I'm performing the steps in the Notes of the upgrade. Performing a disk cleanup and a disk defragmenter. Which Licensing level am I checking? I have purchased a brang new Windows 2003 Server Standard disk with the license for up to 5 users (since thats the minumum you can get anyway).
I'm not worried about the webtrends, because the whole reason for doing this is so the software can be upgraded, so if it doesn't work, I'm just upgrading it anyway!
Thanks again!
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avoginiCommented:
You are checking the TS licensing. If you already own the licenses for TS and the are 2K3 compatible then you are set. If you just bought a fresh batch then yes, you are good to go.
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