Upgrade Windows Server 2003 to 2008

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I want to upgrade one of our servers from Windows Server 2003 to 2008 but my server is not booting from CD. What do I do?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Have you taken all necessary precautions before upgrade the server. Have you test the applications that are running on 2003/ taken full backup your server/ ensured that all applications (non MS) are compatible on server 2008, make sure if  applications are supported throughout the upgrade process to server 2008 and verify that the manufacturer supports their application(s) on server 2008. If there will be any mistake happened, it ruins the system and leave you in the position of nothing to do stage. It is best to do all of the things on a test server and after getting success, (you must write down all the steps and know-how) you can do the same on production server. Now server is not booting from CD, Have you checked the cd/dvd on another machine/ Is it a manufacturer's cd/dvd or is your cd/dvd driver working OK. Have you checked the "adprep" folder from the cd/dvd on another pc. Check all of these to clear your doubts.
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  • Elizine
    Before you start upgrading, make sure that your server's
    hardware is up to specifications for Server 2008 - 
    • At least 512MB of RAM - preferably a lot more
    • At least a 2GHz processor
    • At least 40GB of Available Hard Disk space
    • DVD-ROM Drive
    • At least Super VGA (800x600) monitor
    • Keyboard, mouse, NIC Card, etc.
    Resource - https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/tutorials/upgrading-to-server-2008-from-server-2003
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  • TheRealRaven
    "...but my server is not booting from CD."

    Why not? What happens? Without a description of what happens, there are far too many possibilities.
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