Windows Server 2008 Standard Upgrade


 
I downloaded my RTM copy of Windows Server 2008 (x32) and decided I would use my MOSS 2007 development server as a test to see how the upgrade would proceed and overall I would say it was a piece of cake.
 
  1. If you are upgrading a DC then you have to run ADPREP /forestprep and ADPREP /domainprep before you can upgrade.  The ADPREP program is located on the DVD in the sources\adprep folder.
  2. I had to uninstall PowerShell 1.0 for Windows 2003 Server.  This was a bit hard to track down as it is located under Add/Remove Programs only if you have the "Show Updates" checkbox selected.
  3. When the upgrade was finally done a few MOSS things were broken:
i) The Document Conversions Load Balancer Service was not happy it complained about not being able to connect;  I went into SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration | Operations | Services on Server and stopped the following services:
Document Conversions Load Balancer Service
Document Conversions Launcher Service
Then I started the Document Conversions Load Balancer Service followed by the Document Conversions Launcher Service and all was fixed.
 
ii)  My content index was corrupt and I was receiving the following error "Content index on Search could not be initialized. Error The content index is corrupt.".  Again in SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration | Operations | Services on Server and stopped the following service:
Windows SharePoint Services Search
Then I started the service again and selected a different database (to avoid conflicts with the previous one) and all was fixed.
 
So again overall it was a piece of cake and now I have a little Vista in my Windows Server.  I can’t wait to try upgrading my TFS development server to see how that goes.
 
 
 
 

About wesmacdonald

Wes MacDonald is a Visual Studio ALM MVP, PSD, MCT and a Principal Consultant for LIKE 10 INC., a SharePoint Server, Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server Consulting Firm providing premium support and guidance services.

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