"robertin75" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Ok Lawrence I know understand better, thanks.
> If I install Windows Server 2003 SP2 on the "server" XP PC, will all the
> information,configuration,etc. be retained?
> Or would I have to format the hard disk and start everything from scratch?
You *could* install Windows Server 2003 SP2 on that PC in a dual-boot mode,
and only boot into the Win2003 OS when you need to synchronize WSUS and
deploy updates -- but if you're going to install Win2003 on that machine,
and that machine is already being used as your "Server", there's not really
any point in maintaining a dual-boot status.
You'll likely want to backup any *data* on that machine before installing
Windows Server 2003 on the physical machine.
Personally, I'd suggest starting with the virtual machine solution until
you're comfortable with both Windows Server 2003 *and* WSUS, and then
consider converting the machine to a permanent Windows Server 2003 system.
If you determine two months into this project that WSUS really isn't a good
solution for your seven XP machines and one Windows Server 2003 system, all
you need to do is uninstall Virtual Server.
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)
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