Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi gurus,
We use Windows Server 2003 (Standard) 32-bit in my company and we want to upgrade them to Windows Server 2008 (Standard) 32-bit. Currently our servers have
Service Pack 2. The method of upgrade is "in-place".
We use  Windows XP/7 workstations, have networked printers on the servers, and use 2 VPN clients (Cisco VPN Client/Forticlient VPN) which of course authenticate through
our servers. The servers run these roles: File, Print, DHCP, DNS and Terminal services.

My questions area:
1. Permissions/access rights: What happens to permissions/access rights on shared and/or networked folders/files? Do the permissions remain intact after the upgrade or not? If not, what can I do to make the permissions carry over after the upgrade is complete?
2. Printers: Will the printers (and their drivers) carry over after the upgrade or do I have to perform a backup/restore of the printers before the upgrade? If so, What is the best way to do perform the backup/restore?
3. DNS/DCHP: Will the DNS/DCHP settings carry over after the upgrade or not? If not what can I do to work around this ie  would I have to manually re-enter all the DNS/DHCP information (ip, scope, etc.)?
4. Are the vpn clients listed compatible with Windows Server 2008 environment? Are they able to authenticate on the Windows Server 2008 environment? If not, what suggestions do you have to counter this?

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Question by:Chemtrade
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    Accepted Solution

    If you do a inplace upgrade then all permissions are kept intact on the server after the upgrade.

    Printers will be a little different you might have to add the updated drivers for Windows 2008 Server for them to work properly. Really from my experiences sometimes all goes well with printers and some tend to be a pain.  Printers were never a big deal with me we just reinstalled if they didn't work

    DNS\DHCP will be all good after inplace upgrade.

    VPN clients should be good as well. I would check with the vendor to make sure your current software version is compatible with Windows 2008 Server

    Everything else looks good.


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    Thanks so much guys for the feedback, very much appreciated.

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