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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Chapter 2. Performing Upgrades and Automated Installations

IF YOU'VE EVER MOVED INTO A PREVIOUSLY owned house, you have an idea of the pitfalls of upgrading a server to a new operating system. For houses, minor “settling cracks” turn out to be caused by an infestation of termites. For servers, “occasional” blue screen stop errors turn out to be caused by a RAID driver that is just waiting for the right opportunity to corrupt your data.

For the most part, you'll get a more reliable operating platform by doing a fresh install of the operating system as described in Chapter 1, “Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003.” But, it's one thing to talk about reinstalling the operating system (OS) on every server in your organization and it's quite ...

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