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    hello,
    I have a 2003 exchange and an exchange 2000 server (just for webmail). I am planning on installing an exchange 2010 server in-line with my existing environment, but I am just concerned that doing the domain prep and installing 2010 will break my 2000 server.

    I have heard that installing a 2010 server will cause issues if there is a 2000 server on the domain.

    I am also worried about the 2010 domain prep.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

    Originally posted by neeper671 View Post
    hello,
    I have a 2003 exchange and an exchange 2000 server (just for webmail). I am planning on installing an exchange 2010 server in-line with my existing environment, but I am just concerned that doing the domain prep and installing 2010 will break my 2000 server.

    I have heard that installing a 2010 server will cause issues if there is a 2000 server on the domain.

    I am also worried about the 2010 domain prep.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance
    Exchange 2010 cannot coexist with Exchange 2000. You will need to move the Exchange 2000 server roles and decomm the server. In addition the domain and forest functional levels must be Windows 2003 or higher.

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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

      Thanks for the reply. Since the 2000 server is acting as my webmail server and I would like to keep it around, should I consider upgrading the 2000 to 2003?

      If you do not think there is an issue with this method, are there things I need to consider if I upgrade from 2000 to 2003?

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

        I wouldn't waste my time with that. Presumably if it has Windows 2000 on it the hardware is equally as old. If you're going to introduce a new version of Exchange now's the right time to refresh the hardware as well. Seeing as you already have an Exchange 2003 server you can use that for OWA as all the binaries will be already installed on it.

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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2010 deployment

          2000 what? Windows 2000 or Exchange 2000?
          You can't use Exchange 2000 for OWA access for Exchange 2003. If you have been doing so I can't see how. Therefore based on what you have written, you must have Exchange 2003 for your web mail server in a frontend/backend. If that is the case, then you can install Exchange 2010, even if Exchange 2003 is installed on Windows 2000.

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

            Hi Simon,

            I am running exchange 2000 as a front end server who only handles webmail requests (no mail stores) and exchange 2003 as a backend which is doing everything. I was planning two different methods...but I think scurlaruntings has the right idea.....

            1. Just upgrade the exchange 2000 server to exchange 2003, so I would not have to make any name record changes.

            or

            2. Just remove the exchange 2000 server (first uncheck the box "This is a front-end server") and let the exchange 2003 server handle webmail and make the name record changes.

            So it is unfortunate that I cannot just leave my exchange 2000 server running as it is only used for webmail OWA along with installing my new exchange 2010 server. It just throws a wrench into the whole thing for me.

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            • #7
              Re: Exchange 2010 deployment

              Are you sure?
              You can't use Exchange 2000 to provide OWA for Exchange 2003. That isn't possible. Exchange can only downgrade OWA, so Exchange 2003 can be used as a frontend for Exchange 2000, but not vice versa.

              I think you must be mistaken and OWA requests are going to the Exchange 2003 server.

              Remove the Exchange 2000 server, and direct all OWA requests directly at the Exchange 2003 server. You are going to have to do that anyway for coexistence with Exchange 2010.

              Simon.
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              Simon Butler
              Exchange MVP

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              • #8
                Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                Simon,

                You sniffed it out. You are right, I was mis informed, once I checked the server myself, it is windows 2000 running exchange 2003.

                Whoa....

                Ok so this changes everything. How should I proceed with my inline 2010 installation?

                So I currently have in my environment:

                Server 1 - Windows 2000 running Exchange 2003 (for Webmail only)
                Server 2 - Windows 2003 running Exchange 2003 (for everything besides OWA)

                I want to install Windows 2008 Ent running Exchange 2010 into my environment on a new server.

                Domain level = 2003
                Forest level = 2003

                I had previously had Exchange 2007 in my environement until I uninstalled it. So I formatted that server and now ready to install 2010.

                Do you guys see any issues with me moving forward?

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                • #9
                  Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                  Simply introduce Exchange 2010. It can happily coexist with Exchange 2003 and that domain and forest functional level.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                    Cheers to the both of you!!

                    I will create another post topic when I start implementing DAG.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                      Originally posted by neeper671 View Post
                      Cheers to the both of you!!

                      I will create another post topic when I start implementing DAG.
                      You may find the Exchange Deployment Assistant handy.

                      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/e...0/default.aspx

                      Simply follow steps within the wizard and you are given a precise breakdown or task list as it were that fits your particular scenario.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                        Great cool link!

                        I just installed Exchange 2010 and everything is working, nothing broken.

                        There were some issues I had:

                        1. My blackberry stopped working once I moved my mailbox to 2010.
                        2. Moving of my mailbox kept failing until I deleted the "Sync Issue" contents from my outlook
                        3. I had to manually make a connector between my exchange 2003 and 2010 box.

                        What other things should I tweek on my exchange to get things optimal?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                          Originally posted by neeper671 View Post
                          1. My blackberry stopped working once I moved my mailbox to 2010.
                          That is because your blackberry will have been pointing to https://host.domain.tld/Exchange

                          If 2010 is now providing webmail it will be https://host.domain.tld/owa and I haven't yet seen a blackberry that automatically picks up the change.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                            Strange, I rebooted the BES server and my blackberry was able to activate.

                            I will have to do some more testing and move another user who has a blackberry to the new 2010 server to see if his blackberry will still work.

                            I also noticed that having my outlook open did not like the change. After I logged out and back into my laptop, Outlook still did not work. I then had to kill Outlook and go into control panel --> mail to manually set it.

                            I have to test more mailboxes first to see if all my issues are valid, but decided to let the forum know about potential hangups.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Exchange 2010 deplyment

                              You never said you had a BES, I was presuming (incorrectly!) that you were using the phone itself or the Blackberry Internet Service.

                              I would hope that the BES would be intelligent enough to cope with server changes even if a little bit of a prod is required.

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