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In this hour, we looked at installing Windows Server 2003. It is important to keep in mind that Windows Server 2003 requires a minimum hardware configuration and to ensure that your server uses server hardware on the Windows Server 2003 Hardware Compatibility List. Windows Server 2003 licensing can be done either per server or per seat. With per server mode, the server is licensed for a certain number of connections. With per seat mode, each connecting client has a license of its own. Licensing is managed in the Licensing snap-in.

To upgrade previous versions of the Windows server software to Windows Server 2003, make sure that you have installed the latest service packs for that version of Windows. Also be sure to back up any servers that you will then upgrade. Upgrading Windows 2000 Server domains requires that the adprep utility be used to upgrade the Schema Master and Infrastructure Master on the domain.

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