Inplace Upgrade/Transition from Windows SBS2003 to Windows Standard 2008 (both 32bit)

We have a client who has a IBM 32bit dual core processor server running SBS2003.  They currently do not have the funds or the wish to purchase a new server.  Windows in this case is acting as the operating system for IBM software as a intranet web server. It does not use Exchange, SharePoint etc. It is NOT used as a file server but as a third party application server.

With SBS2003 out of support -- we have been able to source (legally) Windows 2008 Standard 32bit. (This would provide an additional few years of security updates) until they can afford to purchase a new 64bit server. Could someone advise me on whether this could be used to upgrade the SBS2003 operating system.  If so, could anyone provide some advice on the basic steps to complete the install/upgrade.

Appreciate your help.

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
No, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade from SBS. Not even to another version of SBS.
Kevin HaysIT AnalystCommented:
Depending on how big the company is and what type of 3rd party Application Server I would be tempted to start from scratch and do a clean install of Server 2008.  Not utilizing exchange, sharepoint, etc.... on the SBS is a waste sort of.  Personally I do not like SBS, but would rather have STD/ENT servers in the network.

Before you introduce any 08 servers into a 2003 environment you have to prep the forest/domain to start with.  

From that point you would introduce a new server, transfer and seize all the roles to the new server then then demote the SBS.  You are left with a server which holds roles such as AD, DHCP, DNS and I wouldn't put anything else on that server since it's the new DC.

Point is, with a SBS 2003 and no funds to purchase any type of new hardware, would it be feasible to do a clean install of 08 on that server?  It all depends on how your network is configured and how much administration and downtime you will encounter.

MGC-UKAuthor Commented:
Kevin -- thing is -- it is a stand alone server so no others would/will be effected -- so I am tempted to go down the clean install route.  It is a Raid 5 configured server but guess we would have to reconfigure once we have 2008 in place.
BTW the server is using IBM Domino to deliver web enabled applications.  The only user access to the MS level is by the Administrator.  IBM Domino manages the access  & security for the applications.

Thanks four your helpful input so far.
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Kevin HaysIT AnalystCommented:

If that's the case I would probably lean toward the clean install myself.  I would make sure any settings that Domino has can be exported and saved to make a restore easier.  Also I would make sure the version of Domino works under 2008, but this is something you have probably already checked into.

Best of luck
MGC-UKAuthor Commented:
Kevin -- thanks.  Fortunately IBM & Domino have an ongoing development path so generally they are backward & forward compatible (unlike MS).  They do upgrades not reinstalls :)

I have read up on completing a clean install and I understand that the key to the process is to boot the server from the DVD drive with the 2008 install disk, then reformat the drives ( in this case this case C: & E: drives ) and then build the new server & Raid 5 config from there.

Is this roughly correct ?

Many thanks

Kevin HaysIT AnalystCommented:

You are correct on the installation notes.  I would grab the drivers for the raid controller before hand and have them on a USB or CD in case the 08 CD doesn't install them by default.  Other than that you have the clean install steps in order.

Once installed you can select your roles and features "if any" you want the server to have besides the IBM/Domino roles.

Best of luck,

MGC-UKAuthor Commented:
Kevin -- the server is an IBM x3200 and has a ServeRAID-MR10i RAID 5 controller installed.

All sound like a good challenge but as you have gathered I am gathering information to make sure I have most things covered ahead of time.

Kevin HaysIT AnalystCommented:
It's always a good idea to have as much information gathered before hand to the implementation will go as smooth as possible :)  


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MGC-UKAuthor Commented:
I will post the final procedure when completed for future reference by others.

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