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Upgrading NT 4 to W2K Advanced

By finnie ·
My employer (re: Slave Driver) has asked me to upgrade his NT 4 Web Server to Windows 2000 Advanced Server. I have heard that it is simply a matter of installing Advanced Server over top of the NT. We only host for a few customers but they are very important and unappreciative of downtime. I would like to minimize the downtime (and work) involved in this task. Any help, hints, or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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by avachon In reply to Upgrading NT 4 to W2K A ...

Hi, microsoft has a hardware analyzer you can use to make sure your machine's hardware is compatible (or at least probably compatible). I'd also check their hcl and check for driver updates (including bios) from manufacturer sites. Win2k will "upgrade" nt 4.0, but I'd still have a full backup ready just in case. Also make sure your software is compatible (this has caused problems). Scan microsoft's site; there's lots of info. on deployment of windows 2k as well as tips and help that's been culled from others. Hope this helps and good luck.

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by avachon In reply to Upgrading NT 4 to W2K A ...

sorry, almost forgot - be sure you have budgeted for ram (advanced server will take plenty - a couple of months ago windows 2000 magazine ran their results of minimum hardware necessary for server and advanced server. They found that in most every instance they needed twice what microsoft recommended.

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Upgrading NT 4 to W2K A ...

You can install ADV Server over NT4.0. But then, you also have to take into account your entire domain structure and Advanced Server's interoperability with legacy NT4 software. Obviously, you will not be running Advanced Server in it's 'compatibility' mode, since you will probably want it to work with your current domain structure. What good is Win2K in 'compatibility' mode? Not much. Active Directory only runs in Native mode. And that's the best feature of Win2K.

Also, I know that you will need a Win2K DNS server for a Win2K server in Native mode, but not sure about running in 'compatibility' mode. However, I would strongly suggest that you have someone around who knows about win2K before you upgrade and you need to note any ramifications. Including the ones mentioned in the first answer (memory, CPU, HD...etc)

Finally, you'll also be running a new IIS on the win2k server. Be sure your apps run on this new server and that the web page will make it through as well! Good luck...

ps...This does not sound like a very 'smart' upgrade. I would look into how I could convince the 'slave driver' otherwise.

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by aekland In reply to Upgrading NT 4 to W2K A ...

Assuming this is not a dc then yes it is a simple process to upgrade. To get everything working the same will take some work. If you can I would strongly suggest testing on as close as identical hardware as you can. Test the upgrade and the softwareand webpages. You won't need to make any other changes in your NT network. Last question to consider is why you need Advanced Server. I wouldn't use it unless you need clustering, and it will only install on NT4.0 Enterprise Ed if it is an upgrade ed.
If the nt 4 box is a dc you will want to do a lot of planning before upgrading it unless you have a small network.

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