Upgrade Win 2003 R2 to Win 2008 R2

Hello EE. We currentlh have our DCs running Win 2003 R2. We are in the process of updating some of our hardware the DCs being part of that. I am debating whether to run Win 2008 R2 on the new servers. Everytime Microsoft comes out with new versions of OS they remove, add, and change things from previous versions which isn't neccessarily a good thing thing (I realize it has been out for a while and has under gone a service pack upgrade). I was wondering if anyone who has upgraded from 2003 to 2008 experienced any undesirable effects.
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Mike KlineCommented:
I've done it in two production domains with no issues.  I'm starting a job in a few weeks where we wiill be doing it across hundreds or domains so I'll know more.   I haven't heard of many issues except for folks that may still have really old legacy machines or trusts with old OS versions....when I say old I mean Windows NT.

You do get a ton of new features like the recycle bin for one.  There are entire white papers on that if you want the links.  I'd say go for it.  2008 R2 is a great product and SP1 has already been released.

More on the move to 2008 R2 in this question I helped with




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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I'd say the new features far outway any older technology that has been removed/changed.  Done several upgrades with no surprises or downsides.  The sooner I can get all of my 2003 machines upgraded, the better!
As long as you follow the proper upgrade steps you shouldn`t have any issues.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
I haven't had any issues at all with the migration actually I have really liked the Windows 2008 server family when it comes to Active Directory. The server overall has become more stable and there are lots of new features I like. Windows 2003 Server to me was a headache always something going array with this edition. Windows 2008 Server and R2 have been pretty stable.
InSearchOfAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the useful info guys. I appreciate the comments. I will go for it. Thanks again.
good luck :)
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