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OS upgrade to Enterprise on SharePoint WFE RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have a SharePoint WFE running on 32-bit Windows Server 2003 Standard version. Is is safe to upgrade the OS to the 32-bit Enterprise version of Windows Server 2003 without affecting SharePoint?

    Thanks.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:07 PM

Answers

  • While I can't see any inherent problems in doing so (provided you don't also upgrade to a DC which would be disastrous), a lifetime of working with computers (and 25 years plus with micros) tells me that you don't make such changes unless you really have to.

    If it's only the WFE part I would consider first adding a second server running Win 2003 Enterprise (+ SP) and add it to the farm (load balanced) and then remove the original one that is running on Win 2003 Std. That is a 100% no risk option.

    (OK. 99.9% - my experience also tells me nothing is 100%)

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:16 PM
  • First, I heard that it is best practice to have both servers in NLB scenario be exactly identical in terms of OS versions.

    I doubt if different Std/Enterprise versions (provided they are the same level of SP fixes etc.) should have any effect for the short time you will be having both. It is only a best practice just as not mixing 32-bit and 64-bit servers is a best practice (which changes to being compulsary when talking about the same part of the system - so never 32-bit and 64-bit WFEs for instance).

    But wait awhile. I'm sure more - and better qualified to answer this than me - people will come in.

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:58 PM

All replies

  • While I can't see any inherent problems in doing so (provided you don't also upgrade to a DC which would be disastrous), a lifetime of working with computers (and 25 years plus with micros) tells me that you don't make such changes unless you really have to.

    If it's only the WFE part I would consider first adding a second server running Win 2003 Enterprise (+ SP) and add it to the farm (load balanced) and then remove the original one that is running on Win 2003 Std. That is a 100% no risk option.

    (OK. 99.9% - my experience also tells me nothing is 100%)

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:16 PM
  • Thanks Mike. I did in fact think about adding a second WFE initially however a few things turned me away from that. First, I heard that it is best practice to have both servers in NLB scenario be exactly identical in terms of OS versions. Secondly, we have Kerberos setup and working in our current environment and by adding another WFE in NLB, we have to start changing Kerberos again which is really no fun at all. It was ugly enough getting it to work in the first place. So because of those two main things, and maybe some undocumented file system changes on the one web front-end, I started thinking about upgrading the OS to Enterprise instead.

    Thanks.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:26 PM
  • First, I heard that it is best practice to have both servers in NLB scenario be exactly identical in terms of OS versions.

    I doubt if different Std/Enterprise versions (provided they are the same level of SP fixes etc.) should have any effect for the short time you will be having both. It is only a best practice just as not mixing 32-bit and 64-bit servers is a best practice (which changes to being compulsary when talking about the same part of the system - so never 32-bit and 64-bit WFEs for instance).

    But wait awhile. I'm sure more - and better qualified to answer this than me - people will come in.

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:58 PM