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I am in the process of migrating from exchange 5.5 to 2003.  We have a fairly small organization and I probably need to move about 50 mailboxes maximum, probably less.  I am also in the process of phasing out old NT servers and getting to a native 2003 environment, but currently am in mixed mode, with Active Directory functioning properly.

I am wondering what the easiest way to migrate the mailboxes is?  Active Directory Connector?  What about just exporting to PST's from the old 5.5 server, and re importing them on the new server?
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For 50 users you can use this export import as this is the easiest method.

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Please check this exchange 2003 deployment guide for further refernce:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/depguide.mspx

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Migrating from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003 and then How to Use Exchange Task Wizard to Move Mailboxes .
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One more question (sorry if it's newb-ish).  I have some mailboxes with many-to-one relationships.  Obviously, this server is in production and I don't want to disrupt it, so is renaming the mailboxes then restructuring after the move going to be the only way to do it? (which, I assume will need to be done after hours) or is there another way.
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That means mailboxes with more then one user have access on it.If it is so you have to give access to all( to whom access was there ) .You have to give access manually on new mailboxes.
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I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused by your post.  
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You are saying that many users have been given access on one mailbox in exchange 5.5 .So you have to give access again for th mailbox to those users again.


I think i am right.
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OK, using the migration wizard, it's telling me that I need to choose an Exchange server outside of the target Exchange organiziation.  They are both on the same domain.  Is it not possible to do it this way?
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I already have all mailboxes backed up to pst's, is there a way I can just "re import" the PST's on 2003 and be good to go?
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you can import pst to new mailboxes and there will be no issue as far as mails are concerned.
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I thought so, but I'm having trouble finding where to import them.  Systems Manager?  AD Users & Computers?

Thanks
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For importing pst you have to configure Outlook profile for new mailboxes one by one then import pst into that profile one by one.
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Locally at the workstation then?
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By that, I mean, I will need to go around to each user's computer and configure their outlook settings and import the .pst that way, right?
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no on any pc create profile and import pst .(Do not use outlook on exchnage server).
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You can do that or just import pst on any workstation by creating profile one by one.
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What happens if there is an account that has multiple email accounts?  As in, one domain user account that owns multiple exchange email accounts?
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