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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge #1

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Ninety days and counting. Microsoft says that Windows 2000 will finally be available for public consumption on February 17, 2000. So what should an IT pro do before upgrading current hardware and ordering new systems with Windows 2000 pre-loaded? What are the traps and pitfalls to avoid? That?s this week?s Microsoft Challenge.
Post your three pithiest pieces of upgrade advice here. I?ll have more planning and deployment questions over the next few months, and I?ll compile the best responses into the Mother of All Windows 2000 Upgrade Guides--ready just in time for the official launch party in February.

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by kellyst In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

As a person who has played with Windows 2000 since beta 2, I have seen some pretty scary things happen with the product. However RC2 professional is the most stable desktop OS I have ever seen (once you get it up and running). My first suggestion isnot to do an in place upgrade at all. The reason for this is that of the 20 to 30 installs I have done almost 10 of those were in place from NT4 to 2000 and most of these have failed. This is because much of the software installed that access hardware, such as Easy CD Creator, is not compatible with Windows 2000. Not to say most of these don't have patches, but a lot of them require you to install the software and then patch it without rebooting first. Secondly I would verify that any device attached to your PC is compatible with 2000. If you have the latest hardware it may not be, especially if you are a Windows 98 user currently.

Next comes Windows 2000 server. Migrating to a Windows 2000 infrastructure may be one of the most difficult upgrades ever face

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by kellyst In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

As a person who has played with Windows 2000 since beta 2, I have seen some pretty scary things happen with the product. However RC2 professional is the most stable desktop OS I have ever seen (once you get it up and running). My first suggestion isnot to do an in place upgrade at all. The reason for this is that of the 20 to 30 installs I have done almost 10 of those were in place from NT4 to 2000 and most of these have failed. This is because much of the software installed that access hardware, such as Easy CD Creator, is not compatible with Windows 2000. Not to say most of these don't have patches, but a lot of them require you to install the software and then patch it without rebooting first. Secondly I would verify that any device attached to your PC is compatible with 2000. If you have the latest hardware it may not be, especially if you are a Windows 98 user currently.

Next comes Windows 2000 server. Migrating to a Windows 2000 infrastructure may be one of the most difficult upgrades ever face

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by kellyst In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Much of my response got cut off?

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by JCMarshburn In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

(1) Check the HCL for any hardware you are considering and try to stick with approved hardware.
(2) Remove any anti-virus software before the upgrade process. Most will not work after install anyway.
(3) Check software that accesses hardware orlow-level network functions for compatibility with Win2000. This may cause a BSOD if not compatible.

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by brian.burnley In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

A lot of planning for the upgrade at first seems to be the key for success with the new 2000.
1) The infrastructure tree needs to be well thoughout to provide for performance and functionality. Otherwise you will not be able to go to native 2000 and stuck with the old domain functionality.
2) Software compatibilty is another pitfall that people may not be considering. All the software that works with NT 4.0 may not work with 2000. When this happens you will not be able to go to native 2000. Though you can communicate with the old NT domain you will lack the benefits of 2000.
3) HCL

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