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Upgrading to Windows Server 2008

Bijgewerkt: februari 2009

Van toepassing op: Windows Server 2008

This document contains important information about upgrading to the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, including links to related documents with information about:

  • How to upgrade

  • Supported scenarios

  • Frequently asked questions

  • Known issues about the upgrade process

  • Upgrading when you have line-of-business (LOB) or non-Microsoft® applications

It is essential that you read this document and the documents in the Related upgrade documents section at the end of this document before you begin upgrading to Windows Server 2008. If you do not, there is a chance that your server will be left in an unusable state.

To verify information from the Windows Server Catalog about software compatibility and to download tools and documentation, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=111948.

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Important guidance for upgrading

Microsoft has specific upgrade guidance for the Windows Server 2008operating systems. This guidance applies to Windows Server 2003 operating systems that you want to upgrade to Windows Server 2008. This guidance includes the best practices that you should follow when you upgrade your server. This section contains information about the most important issues, but you should also read the related update documents presented later in this document before you upgrade your server.

To comply with your organization's technical support agreement through Microsoft Customer Support Services, Microsoft provides technical support for the following:

  • Your operating system

  • Windows®-delivered software

  • Microsoft applications

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In some scenarios, upgrading a Windows Server component, role, or function is not supported. The Compatibility Report lists these scenarios during the Windows Server 2008 setup process.

To facilitate a successful upgrade, follow these best practices:

  • Perform a clean installation if possible. We recommend that you perform a clean installation of Windows Server 2008 whenever possible. However, if you decide that you want to upgrade to Windows Server 2008, you should read the documents in the Related upgrade documents section at the end of this document to prepare for your upgrade. For information about performing a clean installation, see Installing Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=104824).

  • Ensure that your server is supported. There are supported paths for upgrading to Windows Server 2008. It is important to research your software and hardware manufacturers' support policies for upgrading to Windows Server 2008. Before you upgrade to Windows Server 2008, we recommend that you read the documents listed in the Related upgrade documents section at the end of this document.

  • Verify upgrade of non-Windows-delivered software. Before you upgrade to Windows Server 2008, we recommend that you remove any installed non-Windows-delivered software that is not supported by the software manufacturer for upgrade to Windows Server 2008. When you upgrade to Windows Server 2008 without removing installed non-Windows-delivered software that is not supported, the non-Windows-delivered software may not function correctly.

    Non-Windows-delivered software is defined as any software or software component, role, or function that is not included with the Windows Server operating system or that is not delivered to the Windows Server operating system when you use Windows Update. This definition also includes Microsoft utilities and applications.

  • Test line-of-business (LOB) and non-Microsoft applications. It is imperative that you test your LOB and non-Microsoft applications before you upgrade your production servers. For specific instructions on testing your applications, see Application Considerations When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110831).

  • Back up your servers before upgrading. Your backup should include all data and configuration information that is necessary for the computer to function. It is important to perform a backup of configuration information for servers, especially those that provide network infrastructure, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. When you perform the backup, be sure to include the boot and system partitions and the system state data. Another way to back up configuration information is to create a backup set for Automated System Recovery.

Related upgrade documents

Read the following documents for critical information on upgrading to Windows Server 2008.

 

Document Description

Guide for Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110829)

Contains information about upgrading to Windows Server 2008, including how to upgrade, supported scenarios, and frequently asked questions.

Known Issues When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110830)

Contains known issues that you may experience during the upgrade process and offers solutions for these issues.

Application Considerations When Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110831)

Contains information about upgrading to Windows Server 2008 if you have line-of-business (LOB) or non-Microsoft applications, including details about the changes in Windows Server 2008 for upgrading servers and precautions to take before upgrading.

In addition to these documents, you should read Release Notes for Windows Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=99299), which contains information about all the known issues in this product.

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