Move Exchange portion of SBS2003 to a new box. Possible? Recommended?-why or why not-How?

Posted on 2005-04-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
We recently upgraded SBS2000 to SBS2003 server. It obviously runs Exchange on the same box. I would like to get some load off the server and move the Exchange portion of SBS2003 to a new box. I'm open to suggestions, discussions, etc... Thanks
Question by:yurokgala
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    Hi yurokgala,

    You can use Microsoft's Active Directory Migration Tool v2 to complete this migration.  You will need to make sure your domain is in Native mode but ADMT will allow you to move mailboxes from one Exchange server to another.

    Hope that helps.

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    Please don't forget, this is Small Business Server. The Exchange portion is built-in, it's NOT a separate server, and I think there are some limitations pertaining to moving the Exchange portion of the SBS to another machine.
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    I didn't mean to be rude, it just sounded like you were talking about a regular 2003 server, not SBS. Thanks for your reply.
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    No worries I know how written communication can be sometimes and I usually catch myself after I hit the submit button too.

    I don't think it is possible to move just the Exchange portion of SBS to a new server.  I thought you had a new server you were moving to and were going to keep the old one.  You can use ADMT to migrate resources within the same domain so This may still be your answer.

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    Are you keeping SBS? If so, then just add a new exchange server to the domain, then use the migration wizard in Ex2k3 to move the mailboxes across to the other server. The users accounts (and hence sids) will be unchanged, so you'll be fine.

    You will of course need to purchase a new licence for Windows 2003, Exchange 2003 and of course Exchange 2003 CALs, but there is nothing stopping you from using exchange standard or enterprise in an SBS domain.

    There is no need to use ADMT unless you are actually changing domains to a full blown suite, or another SBS server.


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