Moving PDC and Exchange to a new server.
Posted on 2004-09-10
Alright, thanks HarleyJD...
That gives me a good list of steps that I need to accomplish...
1. Install new server.
2. Promote new server to a DC.
----- I am familiar with how to do this.
3. Transfer FSMO Roles to new server.
----- The only way I've even done this is just by demoting the current pdc at which point it automatically pushes all of it's roles to another dc. But it's looking like your process has me waiting until after the Exchange migration to demote the original server. Any good links for moving roles manually?
4. Enabled new server to be a global catalog.
----- I've done this once before, I think I can figure it out. Only question on it is how long should I wait after moving the roles and making the new server a GC for all of the information to propogate before I move on with the steps. An hour? Reboot?
5. Install Exchange on new server.
----- Is there anything special I should look out for or do during the installation of a second Exchange 2003 server?
6. Add replicas for all of the public folders.
----- Looks like there's a how to on this one in the second link you gave above. I think I understand.
7. Move all mail objects over to the new server.
----- All mail objects? Do you mean the mailboxes, or is there more to deal with? Your first link about describes how to move mailboxes but not anything else. Just making sure I dont miss anything important here.
8. Check to make sure that the Public Folders have replicated to the new server.
----- Found the process for this in your second link above. Thank you.
9. Uninstall Exchange from old server and have a bad day.
----- lol... Can you help me out a little more with this one? What is going to be the problem if I uninstall Exchange from the old server without waiting a week? Any way of preventing the bad day?
10. Demote old server.
----- You do this with dcpromo correct? I believe I can handle this one.
Thanks for the quick response and your additional help in advance. =)