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How to upgrade SQL Server clusters to Windows Server 2003


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Summary

This article lists the steps that you must follow to upgrade an existing Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

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To upgrade an existing Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) cluster that contains a pre-SQL Server 2000 virtual server to a clustered Windows Server 2003 Enterprise/Datacenter or Datacenter LE Server configuration, follow these steps:
  1. Upgrade the existing pre-SQL Server 2000 cluster to a SQL Server 2000 cluster according to the directions in SQL Server 2000 Books Online.
  2. After you have successfully upgraded SQL Server, install SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 or later.
  3. Upgrade the current MSCS cluster to the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise/Datacenter or Datacenter LE Server according to the Windows Server 2003 documentation.

WARNING
: If you continue with the installation or the upgrade of a pre-SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 installation on Windows Server 2003, unexpected results may occur and you will have a SQL Server configuration that is no longer supportable. Failures of SQL Server services will not be recoverable. If failures occur with the SQL Server engine, restoration of data from a previous backup to a supported solution will be the only supported option.

If you have already upgraded to a non-supported configuration, Microsoft recommends that you do one of the following:
  • Upgrade your pre-SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 to SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 as soon as possible.
  • Transfer your data to a supported SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 or later installation immediately.

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References



For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
329329 PRB: Windows Server 2003 Support for SQL Server 2000

810391 INF: SQL Server 7.0, 6.5 and MSDE 1.0 Support on Windows Server 2003

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Article Info
Article ID : 313037
Revision : 10
Created on : 4/7/2006
Published on : 4/7/2006
Exists online : False
Views : 83