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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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In-Place Upgrade of a Windows 2000 Forest

If you are in the fortunate position of having already finished your Windows 2000 deployment, the upgrade to Windows Server 2003 should not involve too much work. Servers that are suitable for Windows 2000 domain controllers should be adequate for Windows Server 2003, although you should think about upgrading hardware if you have a server skating near the minimums. Microsoft recommends a 550MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of storage for the operating system, and sufficient space on the data drives to hold the Active Directory database files.

The Active Directory database in Windows Server 2003 is somewhat larger than Windows 2000, but not enough to make a difference for storage calculations. If you are ...

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