Upgrade WinXP Pro to Server 2003?

Hi, curious if it's possible to upgrade an existing WinXP Pro setup to Server 2003 without a clean install, basically because SQL is setup and other important services.  Reason for the upgrade is more than 10 computers will be accessing the server and will generate an error when pc 11 tries to connect, due to WinXP 10 unique IP sessions limit.
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MS does not have a supported upgrade path from XPpro to Server 2003.

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If you need more info on the paths to Server 2003, here you go...

Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
This is quite correct, there is no upgrade path from XP to Server 2003. XP is condidered to be a desktop product and Server 2003 is obviously a server product. A Clean install is the only option.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Save yourself some money and get Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 - it's cheaper than Standard server and includes Microsoft Exchange for e-mail/groupware (shared contacts, calendar, tasks).

As has already been stated, you cannot upgrade from XP to server without a fresh install.  

NOTE: you would be well advised to have a qualified Small Business Server consultant perform the install - SBS is VERY reliable and easily managed - IF it's setup properly by someone who understands that SBS is different from Standard Server and what those differences are.
Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
As leew states, I also recommend the Microsoft Small Business Server 2003.

Windows Small Business Server 2003 secures your network, keeps it up-and-running and automatically protects your business information, allowing you to spend more time focusing on your business and less time and money on technology issues.

" Keep your business up and running with an operating system that provides your employees with a working environment they can depend on.
" Protect your business and prevent lost productivity. SBS 2003 provides a secure infrastructure, including built-in firewall protection and secure remote access.
" Prevent data loss by automatically backing up company information. With SBS 2003, your employees can easily retrieve accidentally deleted files and restore previous versions.
" Get the most value from your technology investment. SBS 2003 enables you to share resources and equipment such as printers, fax machines and phone lines.
" Access business information when away from the office. Employees can stay productive while on the road by having access to their e-mail, internal Web site, network files and even business applications from any PC with Internet access.

Additional information about Small Business Server 2003 can be found here:

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Datasheet: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/D/3/CD38ABB8-86EC-4444-A778-42ECC8CCCF83/Customer_Datasheet.pdf
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