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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Upgrading an NT4 or Windows 2000 Server

This section describes how to perform an upgrade and takes a detailed look at the upgrade process and what happens to the server. This is meant to help you anticipate potential problems and diagnose any that do occur. The upgrade is divided into two phases:

  • Initial assessment. In this phase, the Windows Server 2003 installation management utility, Winnt32.exe, asks about your plans for the server and gathers information about the current installation from the Registry. The result of this effort is a Setup Information File (SIF) called Winnt.sif that acts as a script for the upgrade.

  • Upgrade implementation. In this phase, Setup performs the installation based on the Winnt.sif script and the contents of ...

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