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Image Migrating Exchange 2003 to new Hardware

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  • Image Migrating Exchange 2003 to new Hardware

    Dear All,
    I have now exchange 2003 standard server with windows 2003 standard.
    this server actually is a PC
    I want to migrate to a real server .
    I'd like to do it in image migration way.
    I want to take image and extract it on the new server .
    any body have a good ideas to do

    Ahmed Fathy

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    Re: Image Migrating Exchange 2003 to new Hardware

    The best option (since you are using new hardware anyway) is a swing migration:
    Build new Server and install Exchange into existing organisation
    Create connectors etc & ensure delivery works
    Move mailboxes over
    Replicate PFs over
    Retire old server (graceful uninstall of Exchange)

    Image restores rely on near identical hardware and risk the whole thing going down

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    • #3
      Re: Image Migrating Exchange 2003 to new Hardware

      I'd agree with Ossian, swing migration is the way to go. I'm pretty certain an Image based migration will not be fully Exchange aware, so weirdness will probably ensue after restoration. There is a Microsoft KB for doing a backup and restore based migration (Note: NOT image based, using NTBackup IIRC) but seeing as you have 2 servers a swing migration is much lower risk.

      There is an article on Sembee's website for doing swing migrations.
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      • #4
        Re: Image Migrating Exchange 2003 to new Hardware

        Lets make it a hat-trick of recommendations to do something else shall we.

        A swing migration is your best option. It will allow you to do the migration in a completely risk free manner and also ensure that you don't bring across any issues with the old server, such as a corrupt database you aren't aware of, configuration issues etc. The server can be built fresh, fully tested and then data migrated. Zero downtime, zero risk.

        Last edited by Sembee; 15th July 2011, 12:03. Reason: URL Correction
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