I'm going to be upgrading Windchill, servers, OS versions and database versions. Going over the upgrade guide and trying to figure out the best way to get from beginning to end with all the variables. I'm looking for the big picture of the way to go. I need to setup my test environment and start testing, but I'm waiting on server space from IT and it is condensing my project. So I am trying to get my ducks in a row.
Upgrade from Windchill 10.2 M030-CPS09 to Windchill 11.0 M020-CPS02
Upgrade from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 R2
Moving from 2 old servers to 1 new server for both application and database server
Upgrade from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2016 (I know this will have to be in steps)
Need new server to have the same name as the current application server in the end
Should I stay at 10.2 M030-CPS09 or update to a newer one?
What is the best way from the source to the target?
What is the best way to keep the server name, or at least the Windchill web address?
Any other ideas as to the route to take from start to finish?