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I need to rebuild the RAID system on my client's current Exchange 2000 server, but they have no backups (long story) and one of the drives is reporting a predictive failure. I was told by a friend that I could set up a second server, promote it to DC, replicate the accounts over to it, then demote the original server, rebuild it, and promote it to DC again and replicate back. I have tested this in a lab environment and was successful for the Active Directory user accounts, but not the mailboxes. The person that recommended this approach has only performed this successfully on Exchange 5.5, so he cannot help me. The only information I have been able to find on Exchange replication refers to 5.5, and my understanding is that in 5.5 the directory was part of Exchange, whereas in 2000, it uses Active Directory instead. So I guess my question is can this be done, and if not, what are my options? Thanks.
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by:varoujB
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That is the best solution.Ur points should go to ur friend.
Join the second server to ur domain promote it to DC install exchange on it ofcource in the same organization
and administrative group and move all ur mailboxes over.
rehome all ur public folders and system folders wait untill
all the outlook clients are pointing to the new server
stick the disc in and remove the first exchnge.before taking out the first DC make sure to transfer all the 5 rolles over to the new server.
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by:FFWD
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Thanks for the reply, but you lost me after installing exchange.

a) How do I move the mailboxes over (is it just drag and drop)?
b) How do I rehome the public and system folders?
c) Which disc are you referring to, and waht is the purpose?
d) What are the five "rolles" you refer to and how do I transfer them?

Sorry for being so ignorant, I'm relatively new to Exchange.
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varoujB earned 200 total points
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Ok i thougt this would be easy for me.
a) since u want to be cautiouse after installing the second
server go to ur active directory and users click on each
user properties page go to exchange task and click on move
the mailbox and move it to second server.Test each mailbox
(for the first few to see u have no priblem)
b)when u install ur second exchange server to exchange system manager go to ur public folder store right click
on public folder instances and add replicas.Here make sure
u rehome also ur free\busy and offline folders.
c)when u are sure u have no problem put the exchange CD
in the old server and remove the exchange server(this
method will completely remove the first exchange from
ur active directory).It is the same as installing exchange
except now u will see the option to remove.
d)5 roles.now u must understand active directory and i
cant teach u in such short notice but here we go and i
hope u wont screw me on my check.go to ur active directory
and users right click on ur domain name and click operation
master.there u will see three of THEM.U will know what to do.Go to ur active directory domains and trust right click
click on opertation master and click change.Now go to ur
active directory schema and do the same.Dont screw up or
else u have to install active directory agin.Once u change
in two instances u cant go back(I cant explain more u have
to read on this).
E)before u finish make sure u also make the new server global cataloge server and make sure u have a DNS server
running(it most likely is ur first server)
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by:FFWD
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After more research, I found the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 223787, in which it states:

The transfer of an FSMO role is the suggested form of moving a FSMO role between domain controllers and can be initiated by the administrator or by demoting a domain controller... When a domain controller is demoted, the operational attribute "GiveAwayAllFsmoRoles" is written, which triggers the domain controller to locate other domain controllers to offload any roles it currently owns.

So I am guessing that I do not need to manually transfer the roles, especially since there is only the one other DC that could possibly accept the roles.

I will be testing this out in my test environment, and if all goes well, I will accept your answer.

Thanks again!
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