Upgrading a File/Printer Server to W2k8 from w2k3 as VM - In place?
Posted on 2011-09-27
Hi everyone, I had a situation arise that I wasn't really sure how to deal with.
We have our main file server that also runs print services. Its running Windows Server 2003. I want to upgrade it to Windows Server 2008 as a virtual machine and host it on our iSCSI SAN. I don't have a problem with this an am fully capable of performing it.
My main question is:
Everyone has shortcuts, mapped printers, etc. already made to the file server \\MAINFILESERVER . Can I just do a new image of 2k8, remove the 2k3 box from the domain, name the 2k8 VM the same thing as before, rejoin to the domain, and then import the file structure/shares and print settings (via printer migration tool) and be fine?
This would greatly reduce my efforts in this upgrade if this is an option. Let me know, thanks!