Ok, if you need any more info of course just ask. We are currently running three servers,
1. file server (MS 2003)
2. exchange server (ms 2000 server and exchange 2003)
3. Print and intranet server (windows 2000 server)
We would like to install server 2008 on the file server. There are a number of issues. The current file server is 2003 enterprise. We only have purchased 2008 standard, so we can NOT do an in place upgrade, but from what I gather that is probably not the best move anyway.
So my question really boils down to what is the best set of steps one should take when doing a full bare metal install of 2008 server, when that server is currently running DHCP, DNS, hosting ALL the user accounts, accounting records..etc..etc..
I have a total back up of the drive. I have no problem with just blowing away everything there and then recreating it as needed. But I am sure there must be some sort of issues to be aware of that will cause me intense pain. :-)
The other two machines are both stand alone servers... so I am a little confused on how when installing the new server where will all the AD info be picked up from? I obviously can't have to recreate all the user accounts again... so how does one do that?
Setting up the dhcp scope and dns settings are pretty straight forward unless someone tells me otherwise...
I have looked all over the net and I have found reams and reams of info on this subject but quite honestly a lot of it contradicts other stuff, so I am not really clear on the best steps to take, both in doing the upgrade and preparing to do the upgrade so it's easier on the other side...
I am ready to learn... anyone have any suggestions on a worthwhile plan of action??
thanks in advance.