I have a situation where i have 2 Exchange 2003 servers in my administrative domain. The primary server is no longer working very well (its SMTP connector was removed and reinstalled and since then it wont work properly) So to keep everything running i have installed a second exchange server which i have moved all the mailboxes to, and have routed the email to this new server and everything is working fine.
I want to decommission the first email server and reinstall IIS and Exchange on it and migrate everything back onto it again. I have followed all of Microsofts Notes on setting up replication of the public folders between the servers so that my Contacts and Various Distribuion Group Public Folders will copy onto the new server. This isnt working and the old server has not sent anything to the new server? My Offline Address Book has also not replicated accross to the new server yet which is giving me "Object cannot be found" errors in Outlook when users send and receive.
My question is this:
Can i shutdown both exchange servers after hours and just copy the pub1.edb and pub1.stm database files to the new server and start up exchange on it again? Will this work to move all this data accross?