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Upgrade question win 2003 R2 to Win 2008 R2

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  • Hi, I am relatively new to Windows server 2008 and hope that someone can point me in a right direction. We have win 2008 R2 installed on our dell poweredge sc 440 that has 4 GB ram 64 bit AMD processor (bought it around Jan 2008). Now how could we upgrade to win 2008 R2.  What will be the easy way?.


    • Edited by CRM elite Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:46 PM
    Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:45 PM

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  • Hi,

    If you would like to upgrade the Operating System to Windows Server 2008 R2, please understand it is recommended to perform a clean installation whenever possible. However, if you decide that you want to upgrade, read this document to prepare for your upgrade:

    Guide for Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff972408(WS.10).aspx

    If you would like to upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 R2, please refer to this guide:

    Active Directory: Active Directory Upgrade - High Level Steps
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2903.aspx

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Bruce

    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf WeberMVP Monday, February 13, 2012 8:58 AM
    • Marked as answer by Bruce-Liu Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:47 AM
    Monday, February 13, 2012 2:13 AM
  • Considering, the windows you are running currently is 64 bit yes, you can perform in-place upgrade to 2008 R2 but you can't have cross platform upgrade like 32 bit OS to 64 bit OS. As Bruce suggested, it is always better to have clean installation then performing in-lace upgrade.

    If it is for upgrading AD, take a look at below.

    Upgrade from Windows 2000/2003 to 2008/2008 R2 Domain Controllers

    http://awinish.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/upgrade-from-windows-2003-to-20082008-r2-domain-controllers/

    Regards

    Awinish Vishwakarma

    MY BLOG:  awinish.wordpress.com


    This posting is provided AS-IS with no warranties/guarantees and confers no rights.

    Monday, February 13, 2012 11:24 AM
  • Thanks a lot Bruce. I have few applications such as MS Office, vistual studio 2008, visual studio 2010, Dynamics GP 2010, NAV etc installed But i can always re-install these apps. What is an impact to the existing applications if I do a clean install? I am not using the AD (we are using office 365 for email, calendering and sharepoint). 

    Hard disk may pose an issue i think. I have 8GB free out of 39 GB on C drive. and on my D drive I have 21GB left out of 109GB.  From what I understand, that I need at least 32 GB free for win 2008 R2. Could I make room in the D drive and install the Win 2008 there or re-partition the drives! pls suggest. I am not that familiar with repartitioning. 

    Thanks a lot 

    Monday, February 13, 2012 3:34 PM
  • Thanks Awinish. Currently I have win2003 R2 installed on my C drive. I use the drive D for data. I would like to know Where (C or D drive) that  I need to install the win 2008.  Since it requires 32 GB, and I don't have free space in C, does it mean that I need to re-partition my drive or can I make room in D drive and install in D. 
    Monday, February 13, 2012 3:37 PM
  • Prior doing anything take backup of the data on the server. Take a look at the below article things are explained clearly means system requires for installing 2008/R2.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/upgrade-domain-controllers-to-windows-server-2008-r2%28WS.10%29.aspx#BKMK_Whatsnew

     

    Regards

    Awinish Vishwakarma

    MY BLOG:  awinish.wordpress.com


    This posting is provided AS-IS with no warranties/guarantees and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by Bruce-Liu Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:47 AM
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:53 PM