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Can we perform an inplace upgrade of 2003 Standard to 2003 Enterprise with Citrix PS 4.5 installed

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We have a Win2003std box with Citrix presentation server 4.5 installed.  We would like to upgrade the OS to Win2003Ent without having to reinstall all the applications running on Citrix PS4.5.  What is the best method to accomplish this?  We plan to image the server prior to upgrading.
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Yes it's possible to do an in-place upgrade to 2003 Enterprise and keep all your settings and programs. It's as simple as inserting the CD then double clicking on setup.exe
If this doesn't work you'll need to boot off the disk and choose the upgrade option. If you've got a RAID controller you may need to download the drivers to a USB stick and then hit the F6 key to load them.

Obviously you will need to make sure you have a good backup prior to proceeding. Is this machine a VM or on physical hardware? If the latter then I would suggest you disable/uninstall any vendor specific software, e.g. NIC teaming software, HP or Dell system management software, monitoring agents, etc. Also a good idea to disable the A/V on the machine prior upgrading.

If you have SP2 installed on your current 2003 server then you'll also need to make sure the 2003 Enterprise install disk you're using has SP2 slipstreamed into it.
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It is a HyperV VM so a rollback should be pretty straight forward.
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Yep, I'd shut it down and export the entire VM, space permitting. If the upgrade fails you can just shut down the VM and re-import the exported VM - that way you don't need to set up a new Hyper-V VM and reconfigure the network settings, etc.
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