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Upgrade from server 2003 to 2008

Posted on 2013-06-06
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This is a follow up to this question.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_28149645.html

Server is on 2003.  Assuming hardware is fine, is an upgrade from 2003 to 2008 pretty straight forward?  No loss of data?
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If you're running 32 bit version of Server 2003, then you CANNOT upgrade to 2008 R2 or 2012 - there is no 32 to 64 bit upgrade path.

Further, upgrades are almost NEVER advised.  MIGRATIONS are preferred.

Finally, VIRTUALIZE!  A virtualized server can be easily moved from one physical server to another in the future and depending on the virtualization platform used, it can enable disaster recovery options that would be EXTREMELY expensive if you tried to do it with the hardware based install.
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what roles do you have on the server (active directory, dhcp, dns, etc...)
if you use NONE of the above, and used only for file sharing, or even using active directory, my advice is start from scratch ,, format and install new OS.
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