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upgrading Windows 2000 Enterprise to Windows 2003 Standard

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I'm about to upgrade my Windows 2000 Enterprise server to Windows 2003 Standard.  Is there anything I need to keep in mind?  My Windows 2000 Enterprise server has all of the service packs and updates.  It's also a domain controller.  It's also running Exchange 2000 Enterprise.   Once I upgrade to Windows 2003 Standard I'lll then be upgrading to Exchange 2003 Standard.  As I understand these are valid upgrade paths...
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by:Lee W, MVP
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No - this is not a valid upgrade path.  You cannot upgrade Enterprise to Standard - that would be a downgrade, even going from 2000 to 2003.  You will need to do a clean install.
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I gave you incorrect information.  I'm going from Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Windows 2003 Standard.  Below is Microsoft's response:

Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Windows 2003 Standard? Yes you can complete a migration. But keep in mind that there are no upgrades for server products only full version.

The above statement from Microsoft resulted in me purchasing a new license and not being able to use an upgrade path.  I just found this information....

Do you know this to be true?  I would hope Microsoft gave me correct information...
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Advanced Server and Enterprise Server are Synonymous - you cannot "upgrade" an "advanced server" or "enterprise" to a "Standard" version.

Note this chart:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/supportedpaths.mspx
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PcMall's Microsoft team gave me bad information...  I'll get an Enterprise license.

Thanks.
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I'm sorry I couldn't tell you it would work... but why the B grade?
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