Need Advise - Upgrading Windows 2000 Server to 2003.

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by nirvana, May 11, 2009.

  1. nirvana

    nirvana Guest


    I have a requirement of updating servers to Window 2003. I need some advise
    as to which is the best option to go about it.

    Currently all servers have Windows 2000.

    I need to either upgrade Windows 2000 to 2003 OR freshly install Windows
    2003 OS on the same hardware.

    I have two questions
    a) If I were to upgarde from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, I think all the
    existing settings will be retained. Will they be retained? e.g. ip address,
    user accounts, etc.

    b) Can i export the settings from the currently installed Windows 2000
    server ie. ip address, user accounts etc. Then freshly install Windows 2003
    server and import the settings onto Windows 2003. Is there such an option to
    do this? If yes, what all settings should I be considering for exporting so
    that I retain the config as before?

    Thanks for you assistance.
    nirvana, May 11, 2009
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  2. Hello nirvana,

    One important detail we need to know, do youhave domain or workgroup server?

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 11, 2009
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  3. Meinolf's question is a very good one. If you have Active Directory, this
    becomes much easier.

    I am not a fan of upgrades in place - and if you have AD, you don't need
    to. Get ahold of some temporary 'swing' hardware to do a domain upgrade,
    transfer FSMO roles, etc - then you can demote the old DC(s) and do a clean
    install of W2003 on them.

    If you don't have AD this is a huge chore and you should consider
    configuring it now while you're doing all this work on the network.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 11, 2009
  4. nirvana

    nirvana Guest

    Thanks for your response.

    I am only trying to upgrade members servers running Windows 2000 server OS.
    My AD setup is already at 2003.
    nirvana, May 11, 2009
  5. OK, good - that was not clear, as you mentioned user accounts. I'm still not
    a fan of in place upgrades and suggest that you set up a temporary "swing"
    server. You don't mention the server roles, but if it's a file or print
    server, migrate that to the temp box, and then you'll be able to disjoin the
    domain and do a clean install. Then reverse the process.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 11, 2009
  6. Hello nirvana,

    In addition to Lanwench's info. If the server is only file and print, you
    can use prinmigrator and robocopy for data including the permission copy.
    Personal i also would choose fresh install instead of inplace upgrades. Did
    some inplace upgrades and there is too much old stuff left.



    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 11, 2009
  7. nirvana

    nirvana Guest

    Thanks for your speedy response.

    Sorry I should have made myself more clear. In my setup we have a mixture
    of Web Servers and 3rd party application servers.

    I am going down the route of freshly installing Windows 2003 and migrating
    the settings over. The reason for doing a fresh install is we have a base
    build for 2003 and the migrated servers will have a clean slate. Issues of
    upgrading willl not arise.

    Here is what i need clarification about.
    The web servers are load balanced, how can i migrate the load balancing over
    to my new setup for 2003? Ideally I would like to migrate maybe ip settings,
    network load balancing settings, host file entries, routing tables, services
    listing, IIS settings etc. What else should i be considering?

    3rd party application servers have tweaked around with windows settings for
    a few years so we are not sure from a OS point of view whats changed. Maybe
    ODBC, application specific hotfixes, versions of .net and msxml etc.

    What i would like to do is for any single server write a script or something
    that will export all windows settings that are applied, so that it can be
    imported into the fresh install. One point to remember is that I also need
    to be confident this is going to work as there are 2 servers involved in nlb.


    Would it be easier to just upgrade to 2003 and let windows retain existing
    nirvana, May 11, 2009
  8. Hello nirvana,

    To upgrade/migrate IIS with load balancing better choose IIS newsgroup:

    I would try an inplace upgrade in a test lab first. Depending on the additional
    applications you should also check the vendors website about.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], May 12, 2009
  9. nirvana

    Hank Arnold Guest

    Another vote for a clean install.

    BTW, I've used Print Migrator and it's fantastic. I use it as a backup
    in the event of a server crash. As long as the server you are migrating
    from and the one you are migrating to are the same OS, it works flawlessly.

    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold, May 12, 2009
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