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  • Upgrading of guest os from microsoft server 2003 to microsoft server 2008 in ESXi

    Hi all,

    Currently, I am running a guest os - Microsoft server 2003 and I wish to upgrade it to Microsoft server 2008.
    How do I go about upgrading? Is it possible for me to upgrade like the normal process - using installation disc as I wish to keep the present applications untouched except for those with compatibility issues. Or should I recreate a new virtual machine with server 2008 and reinstall applications?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    David

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    Re: Upgrading of guest os from microsoft server 2003 to microsoft server 2008 in ESXi

    There is no difference between a physical and a virtual machine as far as the OS is concerned, so you can insert the media and do a normal upgrade. (Remember you can only upgrade the same architecture (x86 to x86 or x64 to x64)

    On the other hand, how much legacy cr*p will be brought to the upgraded machine, and is it better to do a fresh install?
    Tom Jones
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      Re: Upgrading of guest os from microsoft server 2003 to microsoft server 2008 in ESXi

      Thanks for your reply, I guess its a choice for me to choose between a fresh installation on esxi or face the legacy issues doing a direct upgrade.

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