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  • SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

    Hi all...

    I currently have SBS 2000.

    I have purchased two new servers.

    On the first one I want to implement Windows server 2003 - DC !.
    On the second server I want to implement exchange server 2007.

    What is the best way of doing that ?

    I don't mind recreating the users, making new forest, etc. But I do want to keep the mailboxes.
    I am thinking of exporting the mailboxes to PSTs and then Import them.

    Any ideas ?

  • #2
    Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

    The SBS Server has to go.
    The problem is that Exchange 2007 doesn't like Windows 2000 domain controllers.
    Therefore any kind of co-existence scenario is going to be problematic, particularly with the restrictions that SBS places on the domain controller functionality.

    Therefore I would probably be looking to deploy a new forest and domain and moving the content across. PST import is possible with Exchange 2007 SP1, plus you could always do it through Outlook (which I have done in the past).

    Simon.
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    Exchange MVP

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    • #3
      Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

      Simon:

      Couldn't you just transition the domain/forest first like you would moving from 2003 sbs to 2003 standard and exchange standard (a transition I just finished for a client). I have never moved a client from sbs 2000 to exchange 2007 and 2003 dc and I certainly respect your expertise (your site is one of my favorites).
      But I think Exchange looks to GC's for 2003 sp1. I'm not sure about just domain controllers. So I would think you could introduce the 2003 dc, make it a GC, move fsmo roles, and uncheck GC from SBS 2000, then install 2007 on another server and do the exchange transition. And finally dcpromo the sbs 2000. Now, you have to move fast because sbs will give you a short period of time before it starts shutting down and rebooting. I realize that's a 50,000 ft view, but you get what I am saying. Teach me Simon, what am I missing?

      Alan L. Cox, MCSE: Messaging, MCSA, CCA
      Sr. Systems Engineer
      www.isgdirect.com
      Last edited by acox65807; 4th June 2008, 04:04.

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      • #4
        Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

        The Exchange setup will stop when it finds the SBS 2000 server. SBS has to be the "top dog" in the domain, holding all the roles. If it isn't then it starts logging and will shutdown. That includes the GC role. Stop it from being a GC and it will shutdown.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

        Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
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        • #5
          Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

          So that IS different than 2003 sbs? 2003 SBS won't do that. It will give you about a week to de-commission it.
          Consider: http://danfrax.wordpress.com/2007/09...exchange-2007/


          Thanks for your response.

          Alan L. Cox, MCSE: Messaging, MCSA, CCA
          Sr. Systems Engineer
          www.isgdirect.com
          Last edited by acox65807; 4th June 2008, 22:20.

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          • #6
            Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

            As far as I was aware SBS 2003 was the same - you have about 24 hours before it will shutdown. The restrictions on FSMO roles are quite strictly enforced - on purpose.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

            Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
            More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
            Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
            In the UK? Hire me: http://www.sembee.co.uk/

            Sembee is a registered trademark, used here with permission.

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            • #7
              Re: SBS 2000 to exchange server 2007

              Thanx guys...

              Will check that...

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