how to upgrade server 2003

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Can you give us more detail?
Is exchange involved?
Is it a domain or standalone server?
New hardware or same hardware?
Jason WatkinsIT Project Leader

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Yes, more details are needed.

What are you upgrading to?
Top Expert 2012

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Here are some mirgration guides to upgrade your AD to Windows 2008 from Windows 2003 but I'm not for sure if this is the information you need.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_23665224.html

Some more info from you would help us out.
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It is the same hardware eg server.

It is now running Server 2003 standard and I want it to run Server 2008 standard
Top Expert 2012

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I really don't recommend doing a in-place upgrade of a system since I have ran into issues. Also, you will be bringing problems from the Windows 2003 install into your new Windows 2008 install.
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I would tend to agree with dariusg.  Upgrades are spotty, at best, and you have a chance to implement a fresh install on the server.  An opportunity, which is rarely necessary on a server operating system.  

Make a full backup, or image of the WS03 install.
Go out to the server manufacturer's web-site and download all of the drivers for WS08 on that server's hardware.
Wipe, WS03 and install WS08.

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