The vast majority of Windows Server 2003 installations proceed without a hitch. Before you start, however, you should be aware of some common sources of problems. A few precautions taken early can forestall nasty problems later on. This checklist assumes you are doing a clean installation, not an upgrade. See Chapter 2, “Performing Upgrades and Automated Installations,” for an upgrade checklist.
One of the most significant changes in Windows Server 2003 is the use of Plug and Play (PnP). Both Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 obtain their PnP information from Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) in addition to the PnP BIOS. This can lead to resource conflicts and potential incompatibilities. ...