Solved

windows 2000 upgrade

Posted on 2007-11-29
5
179 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I have a server running windows 2000 advanced server sp4 that is currently in a cluster environment with data on a SAN.  I'd like to upgrade the server to windows 2003 server.  What is the standard practice for upgrading a server that is in a cluster?  I can just failover the drive that is on the SAN to the other server in the cluster, but is there anything else that I should worry about?  Will I loose my cluster data?
0
Comment
Question by:pizza1
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 84

Accepted Solution

by:
oBdA earned 500 total points
ID: 20376925
The standard practice is a "rolling upgrade", which comes down to this: you pause the node to be upgraded, upgrade it, move the resources to the upgraded node, pause the second one, upgrade the second server.
Make sure that you have all necessary drivers at hand when upgrading, and that the BIOSs and firmwares of all(!) components (Mainboard, RAID, HBA, SAN, NICs, ...) involved are W2k3 compatible.
Check especially the "Related Links" at the bottom of this page:
Perform a rolling upgrade from Windows 2000
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/49f2c886-685b-47f7-b9c4-1f5de50f36d41033.mspx?mfr=true
0
 

Author Comment

by:pizza1
ID: 20377459
I don't plan on upgrading the other server in the cluster at the time.  Can I leave one on 2000 while the other is at 2003?

Thanks for your help.
0
 
LVL 84

Expert Comment

by:oBdA
ID: 20377543
This is definitely *not* recommended. Running different OSs is only supported for a short while during an OS upgrade like this. The time you're running two nodes with different OSs should be as short as possible, as there are major changes to the resource DLLs (and, just in case, note that the web resource isn't supported anymore in W2k3, it has been replaced with a generic script resource).
I'm not even sure if all resources would fail back to the W2k server once they've been owned by the W2k3 machine.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP has become an essential tool in many offices. This article will show you how to set up an external IP to point directly to an RDP session. There are many reasons why this is beneficial but perhaps the top reason is con…
The question has been asked on multiple occasions as to how best to do printing in a remote desktop or terminal services environment.   It seems that this particular question has plagued several people and most especially as Terminal Services, as…
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to bulk import 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

679 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question