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Exchange 2003 disable logons to mailboxes while keeping the server up

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Hello All,

In a few weeks we will be moving all our users to a new forest, domain and Exchange Server.  We're moving the data using exmerge export and import.

And moving public folders the same way - copying to a pst and then copying back in.  We know we have to put in the permissions by hand on the new server public folders, and that's done.

After we actually do the move, is there any way we can disable logins to the current exchange server and keep the server up so I can do more exmerges or look at data if I need to?

Thanks - let me know if I need to give more explanation.

Tom
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If it is running server 2003 you can block the subnet the users are on using windows firewall. After the move all the outlook clients should be pointed to the new server...so nobody should be connecting to the old server anyway.
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That makes alot of sense, but can you give me how to do that.  Best case would be everything blocked except for a few ip addresses (administrators) that I want to be able to get to the server (and RDP).

Thanks a bunch,

Tom
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for the firewall...
open up the control panel and select "Windows Firewall." There should be an option to turn the FW "on", and then go to the exceptions tab. I would clear whatever exceptions are there...and make a new one for the access you want. Obviously you'll want remote desktop which is tcp/3389. You can probably do everything you need to do via the remote desktop, so that should be enough (for using the exchange system manager and exmerge).
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Thanks alot, but I just discovered an issue.

It looks like our current (the one we're migrating from) Exchange server does not have W2K3 SP1!!  I couldn't find the firewall in control panel.  Is it somewhere else or was it introduced in SP1?

Our Exchange is also SP1.

Do you think I could install w2k3 sp1 without having to re-install or apply sp1 to Exchange 2k3?

Thanks Again,

Tom
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Yes the firewall was introduced in one of the service packs. I'm pretty sure you can apply a windows service pack without messing up exchange (hopefully), but I'm not positive. Depending on what type of switch your exchange server is plugged into you can put an access control list on that port to basically do the same thing. If it is a decent managed switch (cisco or equivilent) you can do that instead of messing around with the server.
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Thanks for all your help and suggestions.  We are going to unplug the server from the domain and plug it into a computer that has access to that server and the new domain.

Thanks again,

Tom
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