I'd like to replace a file server we use (actually a couple of them) because it's a 2003 server. I'd prefer to have 2008r2, because I can expand disk volumes on the fly.
My question is, can I take down server 1 (2003) and replace it with server 2 (2008r2) using the exact same computer name and having the exact same shares mapped (if I move the disk with it in a P2V conversion)? Will this break everybody's links the have mapped to the shares? I'd rather not do it if it's going to break links. Is there a better way to do this that I'm not thinking of?