migrating exchange 5.5 from an nt4 server to a windows 2000 server

I have recently bought a new server to replace my old exchange server, i will be running windows 2000 and exchange 5.5 on it for now, i need to Know what the easiest way to migrte the data is while keeping the same site name.

I keep regular tape backups of the exchage server will these do the job i want?

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The easiest way is to install a secondary server on the new machine into the same org. Then you can move the mailboxes to the new server. Make sure, that you migrate your user accounts, if you have a NT4 machine. So you may have to migrate the server first and then the EX 5.5

For restoring the Exchange  5.5 out of the databases (pub, priv, dir.edb), you will need the same server name, same admin installation account (the real account including the original SID) and the same org name. This works, but is quite dangerous. If you loose accounts, you may loose the data.

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