Query regarding upgrading from "Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 (32bit)" ---> "Windows Server Enterprise Edition (32 bit)"

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear Champions,

I've an query regarding upgrading "Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 (32bit)" ---> "Windows Server Enterprise Edition (32 bit)"

Things that I need to know:

1. Could the 'Upgrade' lead to Data Loss?

2. Will it effect any existing Applications?

3. In terms of the Installation media, Do I need a Enterprise Edition Media and then I choose Upgrade option or is there a separate Media for the Upgrade?

4. Do I need the standard Enterprise License or a 'Upgrade' license?

Any other info would be helpful too.

Thank you.
Question by:japitsolution
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    Accepted Solution


    I believe you are asking about inplace upgrade from windows server 2003 std x86 to windows server 2003 ent x86.

    What application roles do you have on the server like Directory services, dhcp, iis etc?
    if its a member server then i don't see any data loss or issue to the application as the architect remains the same. In std and ent the different is only of the feature sets like you will have option of using cluster, enterprise ca and additional features rest all will remain the same.

    You would need enterprise license for the server, upgrade license are for desktops.

    Navdeep [v-2nas]
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    answer to all is : no

    We are talking windows server 2003 for both installed and to install?
    you do a repair install (second chance you get to see it not the first one)
    install media must match the service pack of the installed media (or be higher)
    you will need the enterprise install media

    if you are buying this why not future proof while you are at it. windows 2008 x86 vs w2k3 which is on its way out.

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