upgrade windows 2000 member server to windows 2003

Posted on 2008-10-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
How do I upgrade a Windows 2000 member server to windows 2003.  I would be going from Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Windows 2003 Enterprise Server.  I do not want to do a fresh install, just upgrade the currently installed 2000 to 2003.
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Lee W, MVP earned 250 total points
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Insert the 2003 CD.  Run the check to ensure your applications/drivers are all good.  Once that checks out, run the upgrade.  Upgrading a member server should be fairly easy and straight forward - one thing though - MAKE A BACKUP FIRST.

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    What leew says is basically correct.  To amplify a little bit, you must boot to the Win 2K O.S., insert the Win 2k3 CD, and run setup.  The installation menu option eventually gives you the choices of doing a fresh installl or an upgrade.  
      If you boot from the Win 2k3 CD, I did not see anywhere that gave you the option of doing an upgrade.  I only saw fresh install options.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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What CD are you using?

OEM CDs that come with other computers will not perform upgrades - because you would be violating licensing if you used that CD.  OEM Versions live and die on the hardware they are sold with/first installed on.  
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Because they are locked to the first machine installed on, there's no reason to have an upgrade option.

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To answer the question of where the CD came from, I do not know.  The main sysadmins here make copies of all CDs and squirrel away the originals.  When I was working on this, I found a CD with markings that made me think it might work.  After doing what I mentioned in my previous post, I was able to upgrade instead of installing a fresh OS.

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