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  • Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

    Hello, I'm facing a dilemma here that I am attempting to rectify. I am going to post as much detail as I can but ultimately my questions will be: how do I reformat my drive and reinstall Windows Server 2008 on one server and Exchange 2007 on another. Current scenario is a Windows Server 2008 Enterprise server acting as domain controller. It is the only server in my organization. I also have Exchange 2007 running on the same server (I know, it's a no no). I'm at the point where I need to upgrade the server hardware and want to take the opportunity to reformat and resetup the server. However I'm also taking this opportunity to isolate Exchange 2007 to its own server. So, to summarize, I have one server and want to end up with two, one with Server 2008 acting as DC and the other with Server 2008 and Exchange 2007 acting as member server. Can anyone provide me with a step by step on how to do this without losing my mailboxes. That is really my only concern. I have no problem formatting the server and getting Server 2008 back up and running porperly but I do not want to lose all the e-mails and calendar items in the 5 different mailboxes currently on the server.

    The hardware configuration for my only server right now will be used as the hardware for my new Exchange dedicated server. So what I've done is I've created a Virtual Server with an online service. The minimum I could get was 1 month. I will be creating a VPN tunnel between the Virtual server and my internal network. I need to do this because I can't create my permanent Exchange server until I have moved everything off of my current server. My plan was to move everything to the Virtual server, upgrade the hardware in my main server, format my main server, and make it a standalone domain controller,and then proceed to making my Exchange server, formatting it and installing Exchange Server on it and then moving everything from my Virtual server to my new dedicated Exchange server, which will physically be sitting next to my domain controller. Whew. Alot of steps. I believe this will work, however I will have the one extra step of moving my Exchange mailboxes from the Virtual server to the dedicated Exchange server. Please let me know if this method will work. If you believe it will please let me know the configuration I should be using for the Virtual server and the dedicated Exchange server. Will these both be member servers but also be domain controllers? And...can I just name for example, the virtual server ... temp.domain.local and my permanent Exchange server exchange.domain.local? Thanks again for your help. I just want to make sure I can do all of this and that I don't lose information. The only issue I'm unsure of is, when I have my mailboxes successfully transferred to my virtual server and I reformat my PDC, what happens when my PDC comes back up? Do I just reconnected the Virtual server as a member server again and all is good? Or will there be issues? The domain will be the exact same name, and so will the controller after I reformat.

    Thanks again.

    Thank you very much for any help that you provide.

  • #2
    Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

    Build the new Exchange server, migrate. Remove Exchange from original server.
    Build a temporary domain controller, make it a global catalog, move FSMO roles. Remove GC and FSMO roles from old server. Restart Exchange services on the new server.
    DCPROMO old server. Wipe and rebuild.

    The names of the servers do not really matter as long as
    a. You don't use a name already in use.
    b. You don't try and reuse the old name before it has been completely removed, including the removal of Exchange.

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    • #3
      Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

      Sembee, thank you very much for your reply. So basically I require 3 servers for this based on what you are telling me. I will require a temporary one to move Exchange, a temporary one to build a domain controller and of course the one I am rebuilding, correct? The only problem is that I don't have access to the 3rd server. Is there a way to do this by simply using Exchange Database portability. Backing up the exchange databases in a clean shutdown state, reformatting the server and restoring the databases on my new exchange server? Let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks again.

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      • #4
        Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

        If you don't use a third server then you put the data at risk.
        You could DR the server, but that carries a risk of failure. You have no point to back out. Once the server has been wiped, that is it. If the DR fails, you are stuffed.
        You could also extract the data to PST files, but that will cause its own set of issues.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

          Very well, I understand...so as a temporary measure could I make my temporary Exchange server that I have setup as a virtual server, a domain controller as well and transfer the GC and FSMO roles to it while it maintains Exchange as well. Once I'm done with this whole ordeal I understand I would need to transfer exchange again, and move the roles again but I'm wondering whether it would work just temporarily to have PDC and Exchange on that server while I build the other servers. Let me know your thoughts.

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          • #6
            Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

            As long as the DC functionality is applied before installing Exchange, having Exchange on the same server as the domain controller is fully supported. Therefore loading everything on to the same server would be fine.

            You must remove Exchange from the DC role, not the other way round. So if the server is a DC when Exchange is installed, it must remain a DC, until Exchange has been removed. That also must include the global catalog role.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

              Great, thanks Simon. That's what I'll do then. So the process, correct me if I'm wrong is,

              a) Setup virtual domain controller
              b) Install Exchange on VDC
              c) Migrate Exchange to VDC
              d) Remove exchange on original server
              e)Transfer FSMO and GC roles to VDC (can you provide some links on how to do this?)
              f) Demote the original server
              g) Reformat

              To setup things the way I want to I will :

              a) Install Server 2008 on rebuilt server
              b) Join rebuilt server to VDC domain.
              c) DC Promo rebuilt server to domain controller on the domain
              d)Install Server 2008 and Exchange on new server
              e) Migrate Exchange from VDC to new server
              f) Remove exchange from VDC
              g) Transfer GC and FSMO roles to rebuilt server from VDC server
              h) Take VDC offline

              Did I miss something? Thanks you so much for your help.

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              • #8
                Re: Reformatting Windows Server 2008 PDC with Exchange Server 2007 On It

                use a spare computer or laptop as the temporary dc if you have to.
                it's just for a little while, and doesn't need to be hugely powerful.

                my old job, part of an overall migration strategy included using a workstation as a temporary domain controller in each site.
                worked fine.

                just make sure the network and disk drivers are supported by the Server OS.
                doesn't matter so much if the video drivers don't work properly, and the sound card has no drivers. you don't need it so much on a DC anyway. use RDP
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