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Checklist: Preupgrade Tasks

Updated: November 19, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Complete the tasks in this checklist in the order in which they are presented. If a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic, return to this checklist after you review the conceptual topic so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks.

Checklist Checklist: Preupgrade Tasks

 

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Assign appropriate credentials to the users who are responsible for preparing the forest and domain for an Active Directory upgrade.

Conceptual topic Assign Appropriate Credentials

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Introduce a newly installed member server into the forest.

Conceptual topic Introduce a Member Server That Runs Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2

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Identify the editions of Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 that are running in your environment. Then determine if you can upgrade these editions or if you must perform a complete reinstallation for each.

Conceptual topic Determine Supported Software Upgrades

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Review and document the existing hardware configuration of each domain controller that you plan to upgrade.

Conceptual topic Assess Hardware Requirements

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Determine the order in which you will upgrade your domain controllers before you begin the domain upgrade process.

Conceptual topic Determine Domain Controller Upgrade Order

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Develop a test plan for your domain upgrade process.

Conceptual topic Develop a Test Plan for Your Domain Upgrade Process

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Determine service pack levels.

Conceptual topic Determine Service Pack Levels

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Back up your Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 domain data before you begin the upgrade.

Conceptual topic Back Up Domain Data

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Resolve upgrade and application compatibility problems.

Conceptual topic Resolve Upgrade and Application Compatibility Problems

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