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Move Exchange 2000 server to another computer with the same name in the same domain

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I have a domain with Windows 2000 server with AD and also my file server and a second machine as an exchange server. The exchange server is old and too small and I got a new server. What are the steps for moving exchange from the old server to the new one. I know that I have to extract the data (mailboxes and public folders - I have used exmerge before if that is the way to go) and I can rename the old server so that I can give the new one the same name.  Is there anything that I have to do to AD to prepare for the move? I have found lots of articles describing move from Exchange 5.5 to 2000, but none for moving from 2000 to 2000. Any help with the proper steps and procedures would be appreciated.
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Why does it have to be the same name?  It would be much easier to just bring the new one up along side the old one, and then do mailbox move to get everything over there, create your public folder instances, wait for them to replicate, and then follow the MS instructions for removing the original server...


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I thought it would be easier if the exchange server had the same name. Then I would not have to go to all the Outlook clients and have them look to a new server name to find the mail.

When you say "do mailbox move" and "create public folder instances", what are the procedures for doing them? Where would I find the MS instructions for removing the original server? Is there anything that I have to do in the AD?

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Hi
This is the relevant MS Article,
How to move Exchange 2000 to new hardware and keep the same server name
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=297289

Deb :))
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And here's the one to use the "move server" method - requires different name for exchange server. This one is pretty easy though ;)

http://www.swinc.com/resources/exchange/faq_db.asp?status=questions&faqID=1001&faqname=Exchange%202000&sectionID=1024&sectionName=Exchange%202000%20Move%20Server%20Method

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I'm assuming your using Outlook 2002, or higher.  When you migrate a user from one server to the next in an Exchange / Active Directory environment, the client will automatically detect that the clients mailbox has been moved to a different server and make the change for you.  I've done this twice now for two different companies, and each had over 1,000 users.  I agree, updating all of the clients would be a nightmare.  There are not very many documents about moving from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2000.  You will need to change the Master server if you have any routing groups set up.  Also, the default address book location will need to get migrated.  Migrate the public folders first, because they will be the first thing to cause you problems if there are going to be any.  These links help me when doing this kind of migration:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3ben-us%3b152959

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328287&Product=exch2003

"Mailbox Move" simply means that you right click a user and select exchange tasks.  Then select Move Mailbox.  

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siexton,

I have several users who are still on Outlook 2000. Does this mean that I will have to move them to the new server manually? I take it you are suggesting that I give the new server a different name and have them both joined to the domain at the same time and then remove the older one after I have migrated the info and users? This is my first time doing this and I really am not sure of the order of the steps involved so want to have a plan before I start. I am sure you can appreciate that.

Thanks for your assistance.

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If the Outlook 2000 clients are running in Corporate mode, then the answer should be yes.  I'm trying to confirm that, I was in a migration meeting with a Microsoft rep, and that's how I know about it.  So far I havent found it documented anywhere.  Bringing up a second exchange server will make your migration go much smoother.  It affords you time to move all of the public folders.  Migrate the users in phases, and finally transfer all of the address books, routing master roles, etc to the new server.  Plus you can test everything before making the switch, and if for some reason the new server gives you some grief, the old server is still available to fall back on.  Is your Exchange server also running as a domain controller?  Global catalog?
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This is a good article for moving public and system folders.  Ignore my first link.  It has good information, but I was out of the office and didnt have a chance to review it.  This one is much more detailed and pertains exclusively to Exchange 2000

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=307917

This has step by step instructions for moving public/system folders.  Also, you may read about PFMigrate, that is for 2000 - 2003 migrations. Which is a different animal.  
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Even 5.5 would re-direct clients.  It has nothing to do with which version of Outlook you run.  We ran 97 with E5.5, and when we switched to 2000, I just left the 5.5 server up for a while, updated the clients to 2000, then moved the mailboxes.  The clients contact the server they are configured to, and the server tells the clients where the mailbox has been relocated to.

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