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Considerations for Exchange 2000 and Server 2003

David Williamson
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I am researching the process of upgrading my 2000 server to 2003 server.  I was wondering if there are any considerations for Exchange 2000, which we are running on the same DC (which happens to be primary) I want to upgrade to 2003 server.  Is there a problem upgrading to 2003 server with Exchange 2000 running on it?
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David WilhoitSenior Consultant, Exchange

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yea, it stops dead. E2K cannot run on Windows 2003. you'd have to upgrade Exchange first, then the OS.

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David WilliamsonIT Director

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ok, that is certainly a consideration if I've ever heard it...
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David WilliamsonIT Director

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Well, I could upgrade a different DC to 2003 server first, then install Exchange 2003 (which I would have to buy anyway, so why not install it on a 'new' machine).  I would then, as you suggest, add it to the E2K org (which I have never done).  What do you think?  Any good links on such things?
David WilhoitSenior Consultant, Exchange

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If I couldn't find the right path in the KB, then check out msexchange.org, Henrik and the guys over there always have some really explicit "how-to" articles.


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I did one three weeks ago and it was hell(i mean upgrading exchange first then the operating system).I went through so many articals if i have to do it again i cant remember a thing.I also remember rebooting the server atleast 20 times.
and once u are done u dont really have a 2003 exchange or operating system.It is all messed up(atleast in my case).
Do as kidego suggested and start fresh and u will save atleast 100 dollars on tylenol if nothing else.I did this job for
a friend and it was the last time i did an upgrade.BTW not writting for the points.
David WilhoitSenior Consultant, Exchange

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"u will save atleast 100 dollars on tylenol if nothing else"

LOL, that's pretty good :)
David WilliamsonIT Director

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Vahik, I have been in similar situtations, quite recently, in fact...I feel your pain!

So, lemme summarize the suggestions:

1) Upgrade my Server3 from 2000 server to 2003 server
2) Install fresh Exchange 2003 on Server3
3) Add it to the E2K org
4) Move all the mailboxes and public folders
5) Remove the E2K from my server2, then upgrade server2 to 2003 server?

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The best solution with the least headache is first to upgrade ur domain to 2003.Then get urself a brand new server
(if u like just take out one of ur 2000 servers and  format it)and run win2003 and then just install exchange 2003
on it by joining the 2000 exchnage organization.Then u can move the mailboxes and do what u have to do .
David WilliamsonIT Director

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I think I will do just that;  I'll format one of the servers, install 2003, make it a DC, install Exchange 2003, join it to the E2K org (which I'll need to learn how to do), and then move the mailboxes.  

My current E2K server is called Server2.  The new server I set up will be Server3.  What happens to all my outlook users that are pointing to Server2 as their Exchange server once I make the switch?  Will I have to re-set up all their machines?
David WilliamsonIT Director

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I have done as I proposed, and all seems to be working.  Thanks for the help!
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