I have been tasked with moving the current Exchange 2003 to a new server. The reason for the move is the current server that houses Exchange is old and failing (hardware). It is currently installed on Server 2003 with SP1. After searching the forums I found that this task itself isn’t that difficult, however we have a few extra services running on our Exchange that can complicate things.
The Exchange server is a member of the domain and not a DC. We take advantage of OWA and also have BlackBerry Server v4 as well. In addition to that, we have a Unity tie in for our Cisco VoIP phones and are using GFI MailEssentials (spam filter). Obviously this is a bit more than just a typical Exchange move/migration.
I guess my question is how do I go about this? After doing some research on the BlackBerry forums I found that what I want to do is a “knife-edge cutover” does that sound correct? Moving GFI MailEssentials shouldn’t be too much of a pain, I’m sure that is simple enough, though I haven’t researched it.
Many things in this process are out of my control, I have no say in using GFI MailEssentials for example.
It is also very important that I do this during off hours/weekends and I can not disturb day to day business. To top things off, most of our users work from home or are in and out of the office with their laptops. We use RPC over HTTPS on all of our remote clients.
On a side note, eventually this server will be updated to a newer version of Exchange down the road so the new destination server is already running Server 2008 64bit.
So to recap:
From – Server 2003 SP1 Exchange 2003
To – Server 2008 64bit Exchange 2003
I am sorry this isn't put together better, but I hope it is clear enough for people to understand what I am asking. I would be happy to find more specific version #s or whatever information may be helpful.