Exchange 2007 OS server 2008 SP2 in-place upgrade to OS server 2008 R2

Posted on 2014-03-26
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Hi There,

I want to upgrade my Windows server 2008 SP2 to Windows server 2008 R2 so I can get TLS 1.1 and 1.2 enabled for my OWA. We have Exchange 2007 SP3 on this server.

Is it a straight forward install ? just put the disk in and follow the wizard? Thats what iv read.

Im going from 64 bit to 64bit
Question by:skyjumperdude
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I would run the best practices analyzer to make sure all the pre rec's are in place before attempting upgrade.
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by:Seth Simmons
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you can't do an in-place upgrade of windows while exchange is installed; not supported

build a new 2008 R2 server, install exchange 2007 SP3 and migrate over or go with a newer version of windows and exchange and migrate off 2007

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what kind of best Practices analyzers would you run.  Iv never done this kind of  a upgrade before.
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@seth messed up the title I passed something I was reading but thats what iv found so far.

build a new server 2008 R2 install exchange 2007 and move the data base over

THat would be the best way you think. Not upgrade windows sever 2008 non R2 to sever 2008 R2.
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Seth Simmons earned 2000 total points
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upgrading the OS is one thing; with exchange it's not supported
if you only have 2007 exchange license to work with, then yes, build your new server as 2008 r2, exchange 2007 sp3 and migrate all your mailboxes, public folders, etc. to the new server
depending on your user/database size, it will take some time but is the safest way to go

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Our server in total size is about 1 TB so I kinda dont want to mess that up. The only thing on our exchange is just exchange it looks like no DCs or any other services. it just does mail.
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by:Seth Simmons
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yeah...sounds like a decent size (and fun :) migration project ahead

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