Upgrading windows srv 2003 Japanese version to windows 2008 srv english

Posted on 2013-12-13
Last Modified: 2014-01-27
what is the best approach?  I have three win2k3srvs all in Japanese version (japanese language).  what is the best way to upgrade those three srvs to win2k8srv english version?

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First of all there is no way you can UPGRADE from 2003 to 2008. You need to do the clean installation of 2008 from the scratch.

It would be good if you install Server 2008 trial version in any of the computer, transfer all the FSMO roles from your Server 2003 machines and then install Server 2008 in all three machines and then transfer FSMO roles back from your normal computer's server 2008 to your actual server hardware. Make sure you demote all three servers after your first step. I am in a similar situation and had opened a question two days ago, you can refer to it.

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In my scenario its Server 2008 32bit which I can't upgrade to 64bit unless I do the clean installation and your situation is quite similar.

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thanks Ibrahim52
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Your welcome, Good luck.
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Does that solution worked ?

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thank you Ibrahim52.  when i run this process using your guide i will advise.  At this time i am just gathering information and testing before i do the actual procedure... thanks much again...

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