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    Server 2003 Standard DC to Server 2008 Standard DC (both 32bit)

    We are a small company with several remote servers running DC's in their center location on Windows Server 2003 Standard 32bit. We are looking to upgrade these servers to Windows Server 2008 Standard 32bit before end of support for 2003. We would like to do an in place upgrade with no changes to AD. Are there any post upgrade issues we should worry about, or is this even a good idea. Boss really doesn't want to upgrade any other way. Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger

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    I always update the OS when replacing hardware, so a 2003 DC would be replaced by a 2008 R2 (64 bit) DC. I assume you want to keep the hardware so it's just an OS upgrade?

    I can't see any issues as 2008 will run as 2003 native AD, but if you have the 2003 AD in pre 2003 functional level you will need to upgrade your AD before doing anything.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...=WS.10%29.aspx

    It may be sensible to take an image of each server before the upgrade just to be on the safe side - I've not actually run an upgrade, but I'm sure it'll be fine.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks Paul, once again you've come through for me. Yes, we are running as 2003 native AD as these servers were all created with 2003. And yes we are taking an image of the DC just prior to the upgrade. Thanks again for your help.

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