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  • Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

    Dear Experts,

    I have the following situation:

    Server1= Windows 2003 Domain Controller with other functionalities.
    Server2= Windows 2000 (member) with Exchange 2000 (master mail server)
    Server3= Windows 2000 (member) with Exhange 2000 front-end server

    Now I just finished installing another server
    Server4= Windows 2003 (member) to be Exchange 2003

    Server 4 will replace servers 2 and 3.

    Result = Server1 and Server4.

    When trying to install Exchange 2003 on server4 I get a couple of errors, first one was that a server didnt have the latest adc installed, so I upgraded it and it solved the problem.
    The other problem now is saying that Server3 has exchange 2000 and that it should be 2003 so I can install 2003 on server4.

    What way should I go about this?

    Things I have done:
    -Forestprep and domainprep
    Didnt seem to have to redo those commands, as when I installed windows 2003 and took over all the roles I had to do it :P
    -Upgraded the ADC on the requested server by the setup.

    NETDIAG reulsts are all good
    DCDIAG, all results good apart from one: sysvol replication fails, is this something I should look at? Not sure how to solve it

    Hope you guys are able to help me out.

    vbjr
    Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

  • #2
    Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

    The problems you are getting is because you have an Exchange 2000 frontend server in place. As frontend servers are not backwards compatible then you get issues.
    What you should have done is either in place upgraded the frontend server, or removed the frontend server functionality from that machine, carried out the install and then put it back again.

    If you don't have any Exchange 5.5 servers then you don't need the ADC. Remove it. It will only give you problems when you come to service pack Exchange.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

      Indeed thats what the error was showing, just didnt know whether I was going to be able to get the data transferred afterwards or not.

      Thanks very much Simon, will try out what you suggested and get back to you tonight.
      Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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      • #4
        Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

        Thanks very much Simon, that worked

        Now I have to migrate those 2 servers into this 2003 server.

        Comments on best procedure would be welcomed
        Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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        • #5
          Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

          My migration guide will explain what needs to be done.
          http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

          However if you have put the frontend server back in to production then you need to plan how you are going to work with that. Exchange 2000 cannot be the frontend for Exchange 2003, so at some point it will have to be cut off.

          Simon.
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          Simon Butler
          Exchange MVP

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          • #6
            Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

            Dear Simon,

            There are over 150 folders in public folders, i used the pf script so they can sync to the new server

            But withing those folder there are sub-folder, for which the script doesnt run the config through

            do i need to config those sub-folders? or will the root of the folder be synced with its sub-folder?
            Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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            • #7
              Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

              I don't use the PFMIGRATE script on my migrations, particularly with large numbers of public folders. My preference is to use the Exchange 2003 SP2 ESM so that I can propagate the replica information to the sub folders and migrate the content in a controlled manner, rather than allowing public folders to flood the bandwidth.

              Simon.
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              Simon Butler
              Exchange MVP

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              • #8
                Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

                Ah ok thanks, I dont have sp2 installed, tried to install it just now, but it wont let me cause the front-end server is still 2k, says i should upgrade it first
                Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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                • #9
                  Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

                  Technically you should not have an Exchange 2000 frontend server when you have Exchange 2003 in place. Therefore anything that you try to install will fail on that basis.
                  You should have installed the service pack immediately after installing Exchange 2003.

                  Simon.
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                  Simon Butler
                  Exchange MVP

                  Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
                  More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
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                  • #10
                    Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

                    yikes anything i can do?
                    can i remove the exchange server 2003 from the domain (havent actually transferred any mailboxes to it yet, just copied from settings and chose to replicate some folders) and then reinstall ex2003 and install the sp2?

                    not sure how to do it though
                    Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      Re: Migration Exchange 2000 to 2003 with front-end

                      The only option you have is to remove the Exchange 2000 frontend server. You cannot remove the server from the domain etc because Exchange is domain integrated and requires access to the domain during the update.

                      Simon.
                      --
                      Simon Butler
                      Exchange MVP

                      Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
                      More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
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