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    We have some questions to you, but would like first to introduce what we have. So, we have 4 Win2003 Servers - 2 domain controllers (called PDC and Exchange) and Exchange mail server installed on the Exchange domain controller and DFS, on the 3rd one ISA Proxy server is installed, and on the 4th (called Maran) are installed the roaming profiles and the Symantec Antivirus.
    The 2 servers, Maran and Exchange are on PCs, but as we have just purchased 4 new Silicone Mechanics NServ A141 servers, we want to move the Maran and the Exchange onto these new servers.
    Questions:
    1.How to organize the move of the Exchange Mail Server?
    2.Which is the right thing to install the Exchange Mail Server on the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.Win2003 Server?
    3.Which is the right thing to install the roaming profiles on the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.File server?
    4.Which is the right thing to install the Symantec Antivirus onto the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.Server with Roaming Profiles?
    c.Other server?

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    Re: move Exchange mail server from pc to server

    1.How to organize the move of the Exchange Mail Server?
    -I would install Exchange on the new server, move mailboxes etc and then uninstall the old one.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931

    2.Which is the right thing to install the Exchange Mail Server on the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.Win2003 Server?
    -Exchange should be on its own if at all possible, not on a DC.

    3.Which is the right thing to install the roaming profiles on the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.File server?
    -Depends on how many users and the load, DC probably if there aren't that many

    4.Which is the right thing to install the Symantec Antivirus onto the:
    a.Domain controller?
    b.Server with Roaming Profiles?
    c.Other server?
    -Depends, I would bin it and get a good AV personally however I suspect it will install an MSDE database so not on the DC (unless you restrict the RAM requirements), Server with Roaming profiles shouldn't matter, other server - definitely not exchange. I would probably, if pushed, choose the fileserver.
    cheers
    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: move Exchange mail server from pc to server

      for example we have 150 users. is it many?
      thanks for reply

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        Re: move Exchange mail server from pc to server

        How big will you let the profiles get? Obviously in an ideal world everything would have its own server however we all realise it doesn't work that way. If you have 2 DC then I would use the second one for the profiles.
        If you can't have another machines I would probably look into not using ISA but getting a hardware firewall. This would free up a machine so you could have:

        DC1

        DC2
        Symantec AV

        Exchange

        Fileserver
        Profiles and Data
        cheers
        Andy

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        • #5
          Re: move Exchange mail server from pc to server

          I put Exchange on a dedicated server once you get above 50 users, therefore your 150 users is easily more than enough to justify a dedicated server for Exchange.

          I would move Exchange first, and remove it from the other servers before you start doing anything else. This is my migration guide: http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

          Once you have moved Exchange you can then look at re-provisioning the other machines, domain controllers etc.

          The best thing you can do with the Symantec AV application is remove it, then find the installation CDs and put them in the nearest skip.
          Anything is better than the bloatware that is Symantec's excuse for AV software. Plus you can usually find good quality AV software for a lot less than Symantec want.

          Simon.
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