“On which” or “upon which”

Today, I am writing technical documentation that instructs the user how to install software to a server. I encountered the following sentence and am unsure which is correct:

When installing to a server other than that on which SQL Server is installed, …

Should on be changed to upon?

When installing to a server other than that upon which SQL Server is installed, …

It all seems like a mouthful, but appears to be grammatically correct.

Answer

Both are indeed acceptable. I agree with Peter that upon kind of reminds me of something being within a physical relativity of the SQL server which is something I do not think you wish to convey to the user.

However, I would write

When installing to a server besides the one on which the SQL Server is installed …

instead of

When installing to a server other than that on which SQL Server is installed …

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Source : Link , Question Author : Mike Christian , Answer Author : tf.rz

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