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    I am trying to replace an older exchange server (MSServer 2003 sp2) with a new server (MS Server 2003 sp2) using the same setup as the old one. We have MS Exchange Server 2003. I have installed this on the new server and cannot get the Information Store Service to show up in the services.msc. I can see the old server, all the mailboxes, public store, mailbox store, etc, but some of the services are missing and the server is not being recognized as an exchange server when I try to restore the backup of the Information Store from the old server. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

    Sounds like you may have installed the management tools only and not the full installation.

    Are you doing the backup/restore method? Any reason for that?
    The preferred risk free method is swing, unless the old server is fatally dead.
    If you are doing backup/restore then you should have done a DR installation instead.

    Being blunt, there seems lots wrong with how you are going about this, but based on the information supplied, further advice is difficult.

    Simon.
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      Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

      I installed MS Exhange server on the new server including the exchange server management tools. I also updated to exchange 2003 sp2. I was only trying to "restore" as a last effort. Do you think that I should uninstall MS Exchange and start over? Could you provide some steps for migration. I have tried using the migration wizard, but it does not recognize my new server as an exchange server.
      Thanks in advance for you help.

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        Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

        The migration wizard is for non Exchange data in to Exchange. Nothing to do with migrating between Exchange servers.

        a swing migration is basically where both servers are running at the same time and data is moved between them. I have a guide to the process here: http://exchange.sembee.info/2003/mig...-migration.asp

        It is risk free, requires no downtime and is completely safe.

        I think you installed ONLY the management tools, which is why you aren't seeing the services. If Exchange was installed correctly then you would see both the old and the new server listed in ESM.

        Simon.
        Last edited by Sembee; 15th July 2011, 12:23. Reason: URL Correction
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          Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

          Thank you. I will give this a try.

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          • #6
            Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

            After several uninstalls and reinstalls, MS Exchange Server 2003 is now installed on my new server. Now I just have to move the mailboxes/folders etc. How long should I leave the old server up before taking it off of the network? I was planning on renaming the new server to the old server name and changing to the old server ip as well. Will that work?
            Thanks for your help!

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            • #7
              Re: Replacing Exchange Server with new server using Exchange 2003

              Renaming the server with Exchange installed will break Exchange.
              Simple as that.

              As for how long - all users need to connect at least once so that their Outlook installations are redirected. That could be as little as a few days or as long as a month or two.

              Simon.
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