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  • Moving Exchange 2010 to New Server

    I am planning my Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 upgrade - moving the OS from 2003 to 2008 R2 at the same time.

    I don't have a spare "server" but have several well specced workstations I have put in place running 2008 R2 as temporary servers.

    My intention is to install Exchange 2010 on a temporary box and move all mailboxes over, then flatten the old 2003 server and rebuild it as 2010 and move all mailboxes back over.

    My question after that ramble, is - I want to keep the mail server's name the same when it's running 2010 as it is when running 2003. My temporary server I am putting 2010 on for the upgrade is obviously going to have a different name so is there anything special I need to do after I rebuild the "real server" and put 2010 on or is it just a case of move mailboxes over and clients will find them?

    All clients are running XP Pro with Outlook 2003.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Moving Exchenge 2010 to New Server

    Since clients are Outlook 2003, autodiscover will not work and they will have to be reconfigured twice: on move to temp server and on move back

    Strategy looks OK, based on information above. Remember E2010 is 54 bit only and RAM/HDD requirements will be different to 2003

    Consider a virtual environment (HyperV?) to make further moves easier
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Moving Exchenge 2010 to New Server

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      Since clients are Outlook 2003, autodiscover will not work and they will have to be reconfigured twice: on move to temp server and on move back

      Strategy looks OK, based on information above. Remember E2010 is 54 bit only and RAM/HDD requirements will be different to 2003

      Consider a virtual environment (HyperV?) to make further moves easier
      All hardware is 64-bit so that is not a problem.

      Do you know if there is a script or similar I can run a startup/logon using GPO to configure clients automatically? Some of my users will be more than alittle confused by having to do it themselves!

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      • #4
        Re: Moving Exchenge 2010 to New Server

        A few possibilities here:
        http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=30300
        (Thank you, )
        Make sure you research/test first!
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: Moving Exchenge 2010 to New Server

          Originally posted by Ossian View Post
          A few possibilities here:
          http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=30300
          (Thank you, )
          Make sure you research/test first!
          Thank you!

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          • #6
            Re: Moving Exchange 2010 to New Server

            Lose the requirement to keep the same server name.
            There is no technical reason to do so.

            Move the users to the new interim server using move mailbox. Then wait while they all connect and they will then be redirected to the new server automatically.

            Then move everyone back to the old (now rebuilt) server.

            However what you will find is that Outlook will not change. This is because of the change in the way the clients connect to Exchange. You will need to configure a CAS array, so that you can change the DNS entry to point to the replacement server once the mailboxes have been moved.

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            • #7
              Re: Moving Exchange 2010 to New Server

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              Lose the requirement to keep the same server name.
              There is no technical reason to do so.

              Move the users to the new interim server using move mailbox. Then wait while they all connect and they will then be redirected to the new server automatically.

              Then move everyone back to the old (now rebuilt) server.

              However what you will find is that Outlook will not change. This is because of the change in the way the clients connect to Exchange. You will need to configure a CAS array, so that you can change the DNS entry to point to the replacement server once the mailboxes have been moved.

              Simon.
              Without the CAS array will my 2003 clients have to be manually (or scripted) reconfigured to point to new server?

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              • #8
                Re: Moving Exchange 2010 to New Server

                All clients will need to be touched.
                Autodiscover will not update the new server location on Outlook 2007 and higher because the "server" the clients are connecting to hasn't changed. Clients connect to the CAS role which will not have changed.

                Simon.
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