Cannot upgrade Windows Server 2003 R2 Ent. x64 to 2008 R2 Ent. x64 because of MOSS 2007 RRS feed

  • Question

  • What are the proper steps required to successfully upgrade Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 to Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 (with the ultimate goal of upgrading MOSS 2007 SP2 to SharePoint 2010)?

    Our current production setup is a single MOSS 2007 server (running Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise x64) with its database on a separate SQL 2008 Enterprise server.  I understand that SharePoint 2010 requires that it be run on Windows 2008 R2 x64, so to prepare for that upgrade I built a similar box (also running Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise x64) and installed MOSS 2007 on it (including the SQL 2005 express database).  I used Microsoft Update to fully patch the server and MOSS 2007 instance.  It now claims that MOSS is running at version which is reportedly MOSS 2007 SP2.

    When I attempt to upgrade the server to Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise x64, I am warned via the "Compatibility Report" that I need to "Turn off these Windows Features.  Office SharePoint 2007 - Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 962935".

    That article claims that the way to successfully perform this upgrade is:

    Option 1: Upgrade to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2. Then, install Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information about how to deploy software updates for the products in the "applies to" section, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467.aspx) 
    My MOSS 2007 installation is at SP2, so I just went into the services console and stopped the SQL and SharePoint services that were running before proceeding with the Windows install.  The Windows install appeared to proceed and rebooted at least once (I was not constantly watching it, so do not know how many times it actually rebooted).  Eventually it came back up running Windows 2003 and claimed that the upgrade had failed and been rolled back.
    What are the proper steps required to successfully upgrade Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 to Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 (with the ultimate goal of upgrading MOSS 2007 SP2 to SharePoint 2010)?  How do I "Turn off this feature" without uninstalling?  It is not really an option to uninstall our production MOSS 2007 farm and re-install it.
    Thanks for the help,
    Jeremy Hawks
    Monday, May 17, 2010 5:41 PM


All replies

  • Hi Jeremy,


    As described in the Technet article here, Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Enterprise edition can be upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise edition.


    Please first confirm whether Service Pack 2 of office SharePoint 2007 has been installed. If you are not sure, please try to reinstall it through the link below.



    If the same issue occurs at the compatibility report, please go to SharePoint forum for better support. Here’s the link for your convenience.



    It is mentioned that you built another server with same edition of Windows Server 2003 R2 installed and install MOSS 2007 on it, then performed the upgrade on that server. However, I suggest installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition on that server first, and then install MOSS 2007 with Service Pack 2. You can perform an in-place upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010 after that.


    For more information on how to perform in-place upgrade of SharePoint server 2010, please refer to the article below.

    Upgrade in place to SharePoint Server 2010



    Additionally, you can use Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 to help analyze and assess the current environment to prepare for the upgrade.



    Karen Ji

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Karen Ji Monday, May 24, 2010 1:46 AM
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:04 AM
  • Thank you for your reply Karen,

    As stated in my original post, I have confirmed that MOSS 2007 SP2 is installed.  It is not an option to install Windows 2008 R2 first as we already have a production MOSS 2007 SP2 implementation running on Windows 2003 R2 that I want to upgrade, so it does no good to test installing MOSS 2007 on Windows 2008 as that is not my upgrade path.

    I had considered posting this question to the SharePoint forum, but my current issue is with upgrading Windows successfully, so I thought that this forum would be better.  I will now post my question on the SharePoint forum.

    Have a nice day,

    Jeremy Hawks

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:47 PM