I have a windows 2k server with exchange 2000 installed, and sharing folders perfectly running. Providing services to certain amount of users. Every User has a drive mapped to access any file from the server.
I just got a new server. I would like to migrate everything from w2k server to the new 2003 server.
1.- Is it better to join the new 2003 server as a domain controller, install exchange 2003, copy and paste the documents from the 2k server, recreate mapping drive from users and make this server the global catalog. Doing that! am i going to be able just to shut down 2k server and use 2003 server?
If this is more or less the right way to do it. After joining the domain with the new server(domain controller), if i run forestprep, domainprep, setup and move the mail and public folder database from one exchange to another, will the server install the new exchange 2003 in the same domain allowing me to use any exchange i want(exch 2k or exch 2003)?
2.- should i start from the begining creating same domain (just to let u know the domain is a ".local" and other company manage our ".com" domain and we connect our pop3 externally) and start creating the same users install exchange 2003 clean installation, and keep going.
any help please? am i doing right? first option better? 2nd option posible?