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  • Moving Exchange 2003 server

    hi all,
    just trying to get the correct picture of the process, here's the situation:
    - two servers, one is a DC, second is an Exchange 2003 server
    - Windows 2003 sp2 ENT, Exchange sp2 ENT
    - the exchnage machine needs to be replaced
    here's the process the way I see it, please correct me if I'm wrong:
    1. back up exchange on the current server - full backup using ntbackup into a file
    2. install the new server OS, all prereqs and Exchange
    3. restore from backup to the new machine, into the sandbox mailstore (can't remember the exact term since I don't have exchange in front of me here)
    4. move the mail store online, and remove the empty one.

    any possible culprits?
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    Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

    Is your existing exchange 2003 server available? If so, I would strongly recommend you use the swing migration method. You're taking a big risk by moving stores around. If you dont have a lot of public folders to replicate, then this migration is quite easy.
    Here's a PDF of how to do the swing migration ... i followed this doc just this past week because i had to move my exch2k3 off of a dc to a member server

    good luck
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    • #3
      Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

      problem is, the currently operational server is in israel, and the server that is supposed to be brought up is in Moscow
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      • #4
        Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

        Jamie - Could you tell me where you got that document from? That is my work and if someone is passing off my work I would like to know about it.

        How much data are you looking to move? I have just migrated a server from London to Russia using swing and it went across fine. A little slow, but it did work.
        The backup/restore method isn't really a good idea as you are relying on the quality of the backup. I presume you are planning to carry the data somehow? Another option would be to use a hard disk instead using the native files, as opposed to a backup/restore.

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        • #5
          Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

          my colleague from Russia is going to pop over for a day, we are planning on going to the datacentre together and use a usb HDD to carry the backup file
          size should be around 60Gb
          once the backup is done, the old server is going down, to avoid data loss, of course

          my question is, how will the second exchange server behave when there is one exchange in the domain already?
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          • #6
            Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

            You have a number of issues here.
            The databases from one server will not mount in another server unless the server is the same name. You can mount to an RSG, but you would then have to recover the data between the two databases.
            Another option would be to pull the plug on the existing server and then do a disaster recovery installation of Exchange on a new machine in Russia, which is using the same machine name. Once the DR install has completed, copy the database files in.

            Note I am using the database files - not a backup. Limit the risk - use the native files instead of a backup.

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            • #7
              Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

              1. ok, that USB drive has enough space for both backup and the DB, we'll take both.
              2. hostname for the server will be the same
              3. disaster recovery installation - is there a good manual for that available anywhere? up to now I've always either fixed the data using eseutil and isinteg, or restored from backup into RSG. never knew it was dangerous to use that
              4. database files == ...\MDBDATA\*.* right? or any additional files elsewhere?


              sorry I'm writing in bullets, it's easier to set my thought straight like this thanks for your help Simon
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              • #8
                Re: Moving Exchange 2003 server

                Disaster recovery installation is explained in the the disaster recovery documentation on Technet. All you need are the four database files, nothing else.

                Simon.
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