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  • Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

    Hi,

    We have been using Exchange for awhile, but only for the shared calendar, never for email.

    I'm about to rectify that and bring all of our email in house, and use Exchange 2003 for it.. However, our copy of exchange is on the DC, and I want to move it to another server.

    The only thing that was stored on it was a shared calendar. That I can export out, and reimport once the move is done.

    What I had planned, and it would be greatly appreciated it someone can tell me if I"m going in the wrong direction, was to export the calendar out. Remove Exchange from the DC using Add/Remove Programs. Then simple reload from scratch on the new server.

    An additional concern, is the Contacts that people have in their Outlook now.. Those are stored in Outlook, not on their local machine. Correct?

    Thanks
    David

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    Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

    It's definately a good idea to remove Exchange from your DC. Try and keep your DC's and only DC's and nothing else.

    You could build a new exchange server and then migrate your calendar but it's probably easier to just export it and then re-import it on the new installation.

    Hope this helps

    Michael
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    • #3
      Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

      The contacts could be stored in the mailbox on the server or on the local machine, depending on your Outlook configuration so you will want everyone to export their Contacts folder to a PST file before you remove Exchange from the DC. You can have evryone import them to their new Contacts folder in their mailbox on the new server. You will also need to delete all user mailboxes before Exchange uninstall will let you proceed. You can do this by right clicking each user object, selecting Exchange Tasks, and then selecting Delete Mailbox. This will delete the user mailboxes and remoce all Exchange attributes from each user object.

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      • #4
        Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

        The problem you are going to have is that the first Exchange server will need to be completely removed from the domain before you can continue. That will mean extracting the data manually or using exmerge. Then all of the clients will need to be reconfigured, accounts recreated etc.

        Personally I would look at installing Exchange on to the second machine and then doing a swing migration of the data that you have to the new machine. It isn't a massive amount of data but from the work involved it is much less.
        http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

        Simon.
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          Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

          Pardon me for saying so but accounts will not need to be recreated. You only need to delete the current mailbox for each user, then uninstall Exchange from the DC after exporting any calendar's, email, etc. that you need from it. After installing Exchange on a new server you will then create a new mailbox for each user and reconfigure their Outlook profiles.

          If the post from Sembee is referrring to recreating mailboxes and profiles rather than accounts then I would suggest that the appropriate MS terminology be used so as not to confuse people who may be unfamiliar with the parlance. An account is not a mailbox and a mailbox is not an account. A mailbox is a property (or attribute) of a user account.

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          • #6
            Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

            I like the idea of starting completely from scratch, it will let me potentially wipe out anything that might have been done incorrectly from before...

            I think I have two additional follow up questions if I may, and I appreciate the answers so far..

            1) Any suggests for good books for Exchange 2003? While I have administered many systems before, never Exchange.. So reference books are my friend right now.

            2) In addition to exporting to PST's the Contacts. Each Outlook has a IMAP account. Can that be exported to a PST as well? I'll need to get the email in the IMAP accounts into Exchange. Before changing the DNS, I imagined I could drag and drop it from the IMAP account into the Exchange account.. I'm only looking at 20 clients are so. Is it better to drag and drop individually before changing the DNS and saying good bye to the old IMAP server.. Export out to a PST, or does someone have a better idea?

            Thanks
            David

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            • #7
              Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

              Books wise, the one I tend to suggest is the Exchange 2000/2003 cookbook from O Reily. It doesn't waffle as much and is good to dip in and out of.
              Does the IMAP service support POP3 as well? If it does you could simply reconfigure Outlook for Exchange as primary, POP3 as secondary. The POP3 email will be stored in the Exchange mailbox automatically.

              Simon.
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              • #8
                Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

                Thanks for the book recommendations..

                You can download them via POP, but unfortunately there a lots of subfolders which the maildir server doesn't support downloading.. Only the inbox.

                1) Setup Exchange server, setup Outlook client accounts to connect to it.
                2) Change IMAP outlook accounts to access linux server via IP instead of mail.whatever.com.
                3) Change DNS so all new email goes to Exchange server instead of linux server
                4) Move email from IMAP accounts into Exchange accounts at the client level
                5) Have beer..

                Does that sound reasonable?

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                • #9
                  Re: Questions on somewhat odd Exchange migration

                  That would work. If you have control over the DNS system, you could always use some DNS manipulation so that internal clients resolved to the old server and external clients resolved to the new server for email delivery.

                  Simon.
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                  Exchange MVP

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