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upgrading Windows 2000 Advanced Server domain controller to 2003 Enterprise server domain controller with Exchange 2003 installed

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I have a Windows 2000 Advanced Server domain controller that also has Exchange 2003 Standard on it.  I need to upgrade it to Windows 2003 Enterprise.  What steps do I take prior to installing windows 2003 Enterprise?
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I read all of these before... I only have one DC so I assume after I make current backups of system state and the exchange DB I should be good to perform the forestprep and then the domainprep.  Now, can't I simply run the winnt.exe (or setup.exe) from the d: drive?  I'm using realVNC remote session to perform the upgrade.
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hi gopher_49

i can not prefer to perform any OS related upgrade via RDP or any Application which are working on same windows , upgrade can berk network connection or reboot the server if needed and some time upgrade get fails because of this also because same time system file in use by other process .

I recommend you to preform this action locally or via ILO or RSA cards if you have on your server !
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I'll go onsite and perform the upgrade.  I'll update the ticket later this evening.
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