MS OS 2003 standard edition in place upgrade in VM


I have many application servers which are using windows 2003 OS.
Some of these servers are virtual and some physical servers.
Want to know if I can do inplace server OS upgrade for vms without
Making my app support team reinstall their app and components
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

If you can do it on a physical box, you should be able to do it on a virtual machine.  You just have to follow Microsoft's upgrade path.

What version of 2003 is it?  Standard, datacenter, enterprise?  32-bit or 64-bit?
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Here are upgrade paths from...

2003 to 2008

2003 to 2008 R2

2003 to 2012 is not supported

verify your application(s) will function properly on 2008/2008 R2 first or setup a test environment

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What OS do you want to upgrade to?

and do you applications support that OS.

I would recommend, new installations of Windows 2008 R2 or better Windows 2012 R2.
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

Sukku13Author Commented:
2012 r2 .
Assume my app support s..can we do inplace upgrade
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
look at my previous comment and third link - in-place upgrade from 2003 to 2012 is not supported

you can only go to 2008/2008 r2
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, not to 2012 R2.
I have never been a fan of inplace upgrade and always try to do clean installs.

Yes, it takes longer be can prevent problem with the server / apps later on...
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.