[OT]2000 Server to 2003 Server upgrade

Norm,
Here is a link to Microsoft's upgrade article. If you a running
Exchange 2000 there a couple of things you need to do first, all
detailed in the article.

Chris Crosta
Scott Lamp Company


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325379


-----Original Message-----
From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Norm Watkins
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 12:01 PM
To: Vantage@Yahoogroups. Com
Subject: [Vantage][OT]2000 Server to 2003 Server upgrade

I've moved Vantage to another server running 2003S, and my domain
controller
with active directory is running 2000s. I want to upgrade the 2000s to
2003s, and I read/hear that upgrading could be a problem. I'm thinking
that
a new install would be best, but I need to have a recovery plan if the
new
install has problems. I'm thinking of shutting down the server,
physically
disconnecting one of the mirrored scsi drives, boot and install 2003s on
the
connected drive - having the disconnected drive available to reconnect
to
if I have problems with the new install.

Any problems with that approach, or any other ideas?

thanks,

Norm Watkins
Engineering Mgr.
ELECPAC
847-639-2307
I've moved Vantage to another server running 2003S, and my domain controller
with active directory is running 2000s. I want to upgrade the 2000s to
2003s, and I read/hear that upgrading could be a problem. I'm thinking that
a new install would be best, but I need to have a recovery plan if the new
install has problems. I'm thinking of shutting down the server, physically
disconnecting one of the mirrored scsi drives, boot and install 2003s on the
connected drive - having the disconnected drive available to reconnect to
if I have problems with the new install.

Any problems with that approach, or any other ideas?

thanks,

Norm Watkins
Engineering Mgr.
ELECPAC
847-639-2307
A couple thoughts....
Set up a virtual 2003 server and make it a domain controller. Demote
the 2k server to non domain controller. Do fresh install of 2k3. Make
the fresh install a domain controller then demote virtual server (all
with keeping the mirrored drive offline - just in case)

--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, "Norm Watkins" <nwatkins@...> wrote:
>
> I've moved Vantage to another server running 2003S, and my domain
controller
> with active directory is running 2000s. I want to upgrade the
2000s to
> 2003s, and I read/hear that upgrading could be a problem. I'm
thinking that
> a new install would be best, but I need to have a recovery plan if
the new
> install has problems. I'm thinking of shutting down the server,
physically
> disconnecting one of the mirrored scsi drives, boot and install
2003s on the
> connected drive - having the disconnected drive available to
reconnect to
> if I have problems with the new install.
>
> Any problems with that approach, or any other ideas?
>
> thanks,
>
> Norm Watkins
> Engineering Mgr.
> ELECPAC
> 847-639-2307
>
For upgrades to domain-controllers, the best option I can think of is to
do a "swing" migration from one OS to another. This method was
*especially* useful in making WindowsNT to ActiveDirectory upgrades, but
the theory still applies now:

Step 1 - Get a *new* physical computer ready to take over as the Active
Directory controller. You can build it on an old/slower machine, since
it won't be in use for very long (virtual machines would work great for
this). Install from scratch (clean) the same OS you plan on having in
production in the end.

Step 2 - Make the computer from step 1 into an ActiveDirectory
controller (using "dcpromo"), and let it synchronize with the existing
controller(s).***

Step 3 - De-commission the existing AD machine (using "dcpromo") to
remove it from being a DC for the time being

Step 4 - Rebuild the former AD machine using the new OS

Step 5 - dcpromo the newly rebuilt machine to make it an AD controller;
dcpromo the "temporary" machine to remove it from being a controller

***One area where you might run into problems could be in making sure
the FSMO roles get handed-off appropriately. If you don't know
what/where those are, search for FSMO and "seizing roles." Using
dcpromo properly should prevent these kinds of problems, but better safe
than sorry (ie. check the role-holders after each dcpromo operation).

--Ari

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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Norm Watkins
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 2:01 PM
To: Vantage@Yahoogroups. Com
Subject: [Vantage][OT]2000 Server to 2003 Server upgrade



I've moved Vantage to another server running 2003S, and my domain
controller
with active directory is running 2000s. I want to upgrade the 2000s to
2003s, and I read/hear that upgrading could be a problem. I'm thinking
that
a new install would be best, but I need to have a recovery plan if the
new
install has problems. I'm thinking of shutting down the server,
physically
disconnecting one of the mirrored scsi drives, boot and install 2003s on
the
connected drive - having the disconnected drive available to reconnect
to
if I have problems with the new install.

Any problems with that approach, or any other ideas?

thanks,

Norm Watkins
Engineering Mgr.
ELECPAC
847-639-2307






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