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Migrating from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003 (NEW DOMAIN)

Scenerio (and bare with me, I'm more of a network guide than an admin):

User has a 2000 server running Exchange and all of their directory services (AD-obviously).  They are going to be adding in a new 2003 server that is to be setup totally separate from their current server (new domain).  My question, what is the best method to move all the AD info and Exchange across the domains.  

Looking for a best practice method I can lab up and try out before actually doing it.  Any help will be appreciated.
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sjepsonCommented:
Before we go on can we clarify the 'totally separate' bit...

If you are adding a new server to a new domain only then they are in the same Active Directory Forest and therefore share the same AD schema. Can you confirm that you mean that the Exchange server will be in a new AD Forest and domain.

Regards
Steve
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neowolf219Author Commented:
Hey Steve, thanks for the reply.  I'm actually waiting to get a bit more information back.  For that sake of this post and to expediate things along, let's say that it is a different forest, totally separate.  If I get information tell me otherwise, then I'll open another thread and close this one.  
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JMMICommented:
Use ADMT tool from Microsoft.  It is their best practice.
Here is the article to get you started:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326480/en-us

If you run into problems, call me, I charge $150/h (and I am more of an admin guy, not network)... :-)
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neowolf219Author Commented:
what about the exchange side, with mailboxes, etc (no pun).  Anything needed there.
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neowolf219Author Commented:
so ... anybody have any ideas on the Exchange side.  Will ADMT work with Exchange once users are migrated?
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SembeeCommented:
You are going to a new domain - all that ADMT does is bring the account information across. You will have to use exmerge to bring the content across and move the public folder data to pst files manually.

Simon.
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JMMICommented:
Sembee, that was a joke.  In retrospect, it may not have sounded like one... My apologies.

Neowolf219, you could also use the Exchange Migration Wizard in conjunction with ADMT.  Read carefully the article below:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328871/en-us
as well as the one on ADMT, and also try some searches on MS for more details here and there.
Again, this is not necessarily applicable to the specifics of your client's environment, but it is the MS recommended solution.  If you find these wizards too cumbersome and are more comfortable controlling the process closely, then the Exmerge utility is the way to go.

That should be sufficient to get you started in your lab on the best practice scenario.  If you get stuck somewhere, you can always open a new thread.

Good luck!
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neowolf219Author Commented:
So does moving the public info to .pst file automatically snap back into place (for lack of a better term) on the new server?  

That should be enough to really go on.  I'll probably work on labbing this up either starting tomorrow or next week.  If there are ideas besides doing the ADMT, exmerge, then moving .pst files offline, please let me know.  

I'll post points as soon as I've finished with teh lab.  Thanks!
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SembeeCommented:
The public folder security information will be lost - so you need to document those.

Simon.
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neowolf219Author Commented:
Thanks guys!  I'm going to go ahead and close this out and open a new thread if I have any issues.  Probably won't get around to this until next week.
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