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  • Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

    Hi there,

    I am still working on this dying SBS2008 server, and have managed to migrate user account using ADMT.

    My next step is to configure and migrate the Exchange server and email..

    I am a total novice at this, but could someone recommend the easiest steps. It was suggested I do the following

    1. Export email from old SBS2008 to .pst
    2. Create a new data store on new server and new exchange accounts linked to AD accounts
    3. Import mail from pst into new accounts individually.

    Is there a quicker and easier way?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

    You can use an application call exmerge that takes the whole store accross, then it would be a case of associating the maibxes in the stores with the newly created users.
    Allen White
    MCSE,MCSA,MCITP,MCTS,CCA,CCSP,VCP

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    • #3
      Re: Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

      why not use the move mailbox wizard in exchange 2007

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      • #4
        Re: Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

        To use exmerge you need to have Exchange 2003 management tools. Technically not supported with Exchange 2007, although does work, IF you have the Exchange 2003 management tools.

        The replacement in Exchange 2007 is export-mailbox, but that requires a separate machine, 32bit Exchange management tools, Outlook. It cannot be installed/completed on the server itself.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

          We couldn't install 'exmerge' on the SBS2008 server, it just didn't work and needed all these .dlls, and doing some research it is actually incompatible with exchange 2007 that sits on SBS...

          It is a pain in the arse that Microsoft have made it so difficult on their latest technology to migrate an exchange server from on SBS2008 server to another..

          SO is the best method to connect an XP box to the domain, install the Exchange management tools then connect to the the Exchange on the SBS server export the mailboxes to a .pst and then re-import into the next mailstore on the other server, with the newly created accounts?

          It is a pain that you can just use something like ADMT to migrate the whole lot. This project is proving to be a right-royal headache!

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          • #6
            Re: Migrating Exchange from one SBS2008 server to another

            Exmerge is a 32 bit product from the Exchange 2003 era.
            Exchange 2007 is a 64 bit product.
            Exmerge is not compatible with Exchange 2007, unless you are accessing it via a system with Exchange 2003 system tools.

            SBS has a number of restrictions in it, which is what makes it hard to migrate. Those restrictions are in place because SBS is substantionally cheaper than the full product versions. You can't build a trust, so the cross-forest migration techniques are probably not open to you either.

            Therefore your only choice if you are building a fresh down is the export/import method, which requires a 32 bit machine as previously outlined.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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