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back up exchnage 2000 and restore to exchange 2003

i own veritas 9.1 backup software and i was wondering if i can run a full backup for my exchange 2000  and unistall exchange 2000 then do a full installation of exchange 2003 and restore my mailboxes and rules into exchange 2003.

is this a right way to do it or you recommend something different?
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
not as simple..

use a utility called Exmerge (part of Exchange 2003) to export your mailboxes to pst files. Verify the pst files after the export.
use pfmigrate in the same way to export your Public Folders as well.

If you are setting up the same org, will the same details as existing exchange 2000, same IP address and server name, then you can setup Exchange 2003 and duplicate/configure [SMTP conectors, Mail relays etc] settings the same as your existing exchange 2000 server.

Use exmerge to import the pst files of your users to you new Exchange 2003 Private IS.
Use pfmigrate to import Public folders.

Remember there is more configuration required for Exchange 2003, Eg: switches to be set when using more than 1GB RAM, POP3 disabled by default etc etc..




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gianitooAuthor Commented:
i am so afraid to mess up
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
You cannot restore Exchange 2000 databases to an Exchange 2003 server. The databases are similar but different.
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
Exchange Admin,

Techically speaking, you are not restoring the database, effectively you are importing maiboxes, that are in pst file format  (created using export feature of Exmerge), and then using Exmerge to import them pst files (mailboxes) to populate the Exchange 2003 database.

Same procedure is used with Public Folders..
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Seelan NaidooMicrosoft Systems AdminCommented:
If the procedure is attempted using BackupExec 9.1, to restore the Exchange 2000 database to an Exchange 2003 server, then it won't work, but that is not what I suggested.
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gianitooAuthor Commented:
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Exchange_AdminCommented:
SeanUK777,
I agree. I was referring to the original question of restoring Exchange 200 databases on an Exchange 2003.
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