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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Common Threads to Upgrades

Before we get started on the details of how to actually perform an upgrade, there are a few common threads that affect most environments. The basic issues that need to be planned for ahead of time are:

  • Pre-Upgrade steps

  • Architecture

  • Active Directory

  • Hardware support

  • Software support

In the following sections we’ll discuss these issues to identify and plan for in your environment before and during an upgrade of an existing server.

Pre-Upgrade Steps

First and foremost, before you upgrade any server, do a full, complete, and verified backup. We don’t care what you use for a backup program or a backup media. But whatever you choose, be certain that you have verified the backup by restoring—either by restoring the entire backup to ...

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