MS OS 2003 standard edition in place upgrade in VM

Posted on 2013-10-02
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Last Modified: 2013-10-17

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
Question by:Sukku13
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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?
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Seth Simmons earned 150 total points
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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
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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.
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2012 r2 .
Assume my app support s..can we do inplace upgrade
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by:Seth Simmons
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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
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No, not to 2012 R2.
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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...

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