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  • Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

    Hello, I just have a few questions regarding the recovery of my Exchange Server 2003 mailboxes after a reinstall with Exchange Server 2007. Basically what happened was that I had a major system crash with Server 2003 R2 running Exchange Server 2003. After countless effort to recover I decided to upgrade the server and re-install a fresh copy of Server 2003 R2 but with Exchange Server 2007 on a new SATA drive. I still have access to my old Server drive as I kept it in the system. What I'm wanting to do is take the mailbox and information store that are accessible on that drive and migrate them into Exchange Server 2007, so that I don't lose any e-mails, rules, etc. Is there anybody out there that can assist in accomplishing this, if it's even at all possible? Any response are appreciated very much, in advance. Thanks.

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    Re: Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

    Hi,
    You will have to import your mailboxes into a Recovery Storage Group and from there import them into the production database(s).

    See if these links are helpful:

    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...ange-2007.html

    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/...oups-Work.html

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../aa997694.aspx

    http://www.petri.com/using_rsg_in_exchange_2007.htm

    But have you not got backups of your data?? For future reference you may want to implement something such as Local Continuous Replication (LCR) which a simple and relatively cheap option.

    As for your rules.....

    Not sure but I don't think so. Maybe the Exchange gurus can answer this better than what I can.

    Peter

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      Re: Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

      Thanks for the reply Maverick. I've attempted to try using RSG's but I keep getting errors in attempting to check the database for integrity. It won't open it. I've noticed that Exchange 2003 uses the priv1.edb name and that Exchange 2007 is looking for Mailbox Database.edb. So I tried changing the name of the file after importing it into the RSG directory but it still doesn't work. Not sure what else is out there that will allow me to do this. If anyone could help it would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

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      • #4
        Re: Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

        You cannot use Exchange 2007 to recover Exchange 2003 data. The databases are not backwards compatible.
        You will have to build an Exchange 2003 server in the usual way for disaster recovery and restore to that. Only once you have restored everything can you move to the Exchange 2007 by doing a standard swing migration.

        Simon.
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          Re: Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

          Thanks for the reply. So does that mean I will have to upgrade to Exchange 2007 after setting up that Exchange Server 2003? Or can I restore to that and then move the files onto the Exchange 2007 server? Thanks again for the help.

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          • #6
            Re: Importing Exchange Server 2003 Into Exchange Server 2007

            You don't move files at all. You move the data.
            Therefore if you want to migrate to Exchange 2007 you have to get Exchange 2003 working correct first. Then you can replicate the public folder data and move the mailboxes. It does not involve the moving of the physical files.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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