All network server upgrades have the potential to render the network server inoperative. For that reason, you need to approach all upgrades in a systematic, organized, and careful manner. To most easily complete an upgrade successfully, the server hardware specialist should follow an upgrade checklist. An upgrade checklist is just a list of items that should be followed to perform an upgrade to a network server.
The upgrade checklist includes the following components:
Locate and obtain the latest hardware drivers, operating system updates, and other software needed for the upgrade.
Review FAQs, instructions, facts, and issues about the upgrade.
Test the upgrade and perform a pilot deployment.
Schedule downtime for the upgrade. ...