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We have a NT server, PDC, installed MS Exchange to support our internal email. Lately we bought a new server installed with Windows server 2003 and MS Exchange. We are intending to replace the old NT server with the new windows server 2003. What is the best way/path to move users and the mail boxes into the new machine with windows server 2003.
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is this new server on your network?
the cleanest way I have done this is by building a temp NT PDC, then upgrade it to Win 2K3 which would give you AD, then add the new Win2k3 server to the domain and make it the primary server by transfering all the FSMO roles, install Exchange Active Directory connector on the temp box and move all mailboxes from 5.5 to 2003. Once this is all complete follow the kb articles about removing the last 5.5 Exchange server and then shutdown the NT box, and delete the server object. the demote the temp server andremove from the domain.
This way you have a legacy free new server without having to run the risks of upgrading the old NT box, or have the NT upgrade file on the new server. Sounds like alot of work but is definately worth it at the end of the day.
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