Solved

Windows 2000 AD broken with need to "upgrade" to Windows 2003 and install Exchange 2003.

Posted on 2006-06-26
12
176 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
My active directory server has been "broken" for some time but is still functional. There are many issues with my AD server one of them being that replication of settings and user account do not migrate to other member servers nicely.

I recently have been given the OK to get our Windows 2000 AD and Exchange 2000 servers "upgraded" to Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003. I'm really not that concerned with my AD info but my Exchange data is of the utmost importance. How can I install a new Windows 2003 AD server and make sure that I will be able to access my Exchange user data when done.
0
Comment
Question by:cshetler
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 9
  • 2
12 Comments
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985870
Hi cshetler,

Start here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=812954

Regards,
M
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985876
If you are concerned with your exchange data, I also suggest that you run Exmerge to extract all your mailboxes to PST files (just for incase)  Remember that only backing up the mdb files will  not ensure a safe return from a failed migration.  
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985885
0
Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985896
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985920
Upgrade from Exchange 2000 to 2003 and the steps you need to follow:

Deployment Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/depguide.mspx
THings to look out for: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555262/en-us
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16985923
Hope that helps.

Regards,
M
0
 

Author Comment

by:cshetler
ID: 16986044
A standard "upgrade" is not an option, this was confirmed by me just trying to promote another member server to a BDC. The DC promo worked but all of the functionality that was "broken" in my AD or PDC was also broken in the BDC.

I need a "path" that will allow me to create install a new Windows 2003 AD instance and somehow preserve the links that it has to my Exchange 2000 install. If I just install a new Windows 2003 AD and a new Exchange 2003 install and re-create all of my user accounts and such... is there a utility to pluck out the user data in the existing Exchange store and move it into the new Exchange instance?
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 16986941
Hi,

So you require more information?

Regards,
M
0
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
itcoza earned 500 total points
ID: 16986972
That is not going to happen.  The Exchange is linked to the domain, so if you lose the domain, you lose the Exchange.  

All you can do at this point is to use CSVDE to extract your users and groups for import to the new domain and then to extract your mail using Exmerge.  You then have all you need to recreate an environment without retaining the old domain, but retaining all the mail in your exchange.

Regards,
M
0
 

Author Comment

by:cshetler
ID: 16988600
Hello itcoza:

That sounds like it may be just what I'm looking for, I will be able to use the same domain name and such - correct?

I understand that the CSVDE tool will gather user and OU's information but do you know if by using the CSVDE (or another) tool, will I be able to retrieve group policy objects and such?

Regards,

CBS
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:itcoza
ID: 17245743
Hi,  Sorry that I have not come back to you on the final question...

You can use the same domain name, but note that you will not be able to just continue with your workstations as is.  They will have to be removed from the current domain to a workgroup and then be joined to the "New" domain again once it has been created.
CSVDE will not export the GPO data.

Regards,
M
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Read  the original post  on Monitis Blog. Hi.  My name is Erik Dietrich, and this is the first time I’ve posted on the Monitis blog.  By way of introduction, I thought it would make sense to talk about my initial experience with Monitis.   Befo…
Are you ready to implement Active Directory best practices without reading 300+ pages? You're in luck. In this webinar hosted by Skyport Systems, you gain insight into Microsoft's latest comprehensive guide, with tips on the best and easiest way…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question