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

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Performing the Upgrade

Now that you’ve planned the upgrade and prepared the domain and forest for an upgrade, you’re ready to start upgrading. The only direct upgrade paths supported are from the same architecture of Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. If you have a Windows 2000 Server that needs upgrading, you’ll need to do it in two steps: once to Windows Server 2003, and then again to Windows Server 2008. If you do that, use integrated media that includes at least Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2003, though integrated Service Pack 2 (SP2) is preferable.

Important

If the computer you’re considering upgrading is currently running Windows NT4, consider migrating the Windows NT4 workloads to a virtual machine and rebuilding the server ...

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