Upgrading Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. Right/Wrong?

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I’m thinking of upgrading my Server 2003 to Server 2008. Will it be the right choice? If yes, then please help me in knowing the process of upgrading my server? Thanks in advance.

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Upgrading Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. Right/Wrong?


Yes, upgrading to server 2008 from server 2003 will be the right choice. The first benefit of the server 2008 over 2003 is the 2008 Functional Level. Go through the following steps that you need to know before running the CD to update your server on your system:

Step 1- Firstly, make sure that your server’s hardware is up to specifications for Server 2008

  • At least 512MB of RAM – preferably a lot more
  • At least a 2GHz processor
  • At least 40GB of Available Hard Disk space
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • At least Super VGA (800×600) monitor
  • Keyboard, mouse, NIC Card, etc.

Step 2- If you are upgrading a 2003 Domain Controller, you have to copy a couple of scripts from Server 2008 disc to your Server’s hard disk and then run forestprep and domainprep.

Follow the given steps to upgrade your server to 2008 from 2003:

Step 1- Firstly, put your Server 2008 CD in the DVD-ROM drive. On your System, go to Windows Explorer and select CD/DVD-ROM

Step 2- Now, double-click on the setup.exe file.

Step 3- When the Install Window opens, click the Install Now button.

Step 4- In this window, you will have an option to check for the latest updates from Microsoft.

Step 5- Here’s time to select the Server 2008 version that you want to install on your machine.

Step 6- After that, go ahead and check the box to accept the license terms agreement.

Step 7- The upgrade option should now be available for your machine. When ready, select Upgrade Option to continue.

Step 8- In last, you will receive the last warning on your machine letting you know about to make sure all your applications and 3rd party software can run on windows 2008 server.

Congratulations! Now you’re done.

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