Not sure if I have a problem or not, but want to be sure before I proceed.
Native mode w2k, single domain, 3 sites.
Site 1 is main office....DC1 and DC2
DC1 is also Exchange 5.5 server.
DC2 is the GC server for this site.
Site 2 is remote office with reasonably high speed VPN connection
DC3---global catalog server
Site 3 is remote office with reasonably high speed VPN connection
DC4---global catalog server
The plan is to set up a new Exchange 2000 server on a new box ("PostOffice") in site one and migrate mailboxes to it, then when all users have logged in again and established their connection to PostOffice, to remove the Exchange 5.5 server.
So far, I have:
--made sure that all 5.5 mailboxes are associated with a unique W2k user account...no dupes
--Installed the Active Directory Connector on DC2
--Configured a two way recipient connection agreement
--run exchange 2000 setup.exe /forestprep on the Postoffice box
--run exchange 2000 setup.exe /domainprep on the Postoffice box.
I have not yet installed exchange 2000 server, itself on the Post Office box.
1)On all 4 DCs, in AD Users & Computers, I can see that the "Exchange Domain Server" and "Exchange Services" have replicated and are present. How ever, when I look at the properties of any user, I see the addition of the "Exchange General", "Exchange Properties" and the "Email Adresses" tabs on DC2 (the GC server with the AD connector) but *not* on the other three DCs...........the user properties there do not show the exchange 2000 tabs.
Do I have a problem at this point, or is this normal? If it's a problem, what is the cure?
2)Similarly, in AD Sites and Services, under the "Services" node, all 4 DCs show a "Microsoft Exchange" sub-node, with three sub-nodes under that: "Active Directory Connections", our exchange organization and "Public Folders"
Also, under the "sites" section, both DC1 and DC2, in site 1, show an "exchange" folder under the server....at the same level as the"NTDS Settings".......on DC1, that folder is empty, on DC2, it shows the AD connector.........on DC3, in site 2 and on DC4, in site 3, there is no "exchange" folder showing under the server node........
Should there be? am I having replication problems? Anything else?
I may just be being overly cautioous here, but I'd like to be confident that I have a working setup, before I actually install Exchange 2000 on "PostOffice"