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Server 2003 R2 to Server 2008 R2

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Hey Guys,

I have a dell poweredge 2950, its running server 2003 r2 x64 and i want to in place upgrade it to  server 2008 r2 x64.  Its not a DC or application server, just contains some older files on a separate partition. Any issues with doing this upgrade?
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Make sure you have one or more backups of your data.

Check Non-Windows application compatibility, if any. e.g. antivirus, utilities, etc. Non-Windows delivered programs may need to be reinstalled.

Regarding the "...older files on a separate partition"... I don't know if this applies to you: Upgrading servers with more than one hard drive. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff972310(v=ws.10).aspx#BKMK_Drive

It might be easier to:
1. Backup any data
2. Do a clean install of 2008 R2
3. Reinstall any programs
4. Restore your data
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I will do a clean install and not touch the other partition. It has old non-used files anyways. No applications in use currently.
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i want to in place upgrade it to  server 2008 r2 x64

unless your 2003 server is 64bit, you can't do a cross-architecture in-place upgrade

Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd979563(v=ws.10).aspx

generally speaking, as was mentioned, better to do a clean install
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I have a dell poweredge 2950, its running server 2003 r2 x64 and i want to in place upgrade it to  server 2008 r2 x64.

As i said its already 64 bit. But yes i am doing clean install.
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Hi Cobra25... Just wondering if you still need help with this or not. Either way, if you would close your question appropriately we'd really appreciate it.
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