Solved

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

Posted on 2006-06-26
12
171 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
  • 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
 
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
Get up to 2TB FREE CLOUD per backup license!

An exclusive Black Friday offer just for Expert Exchange audience! Buy any of our top-rated backup solutions & get up to 2TB free cloud per system! Perform local & cloud backup in the same step, and restore instantly—anytime, anywhere. Grab this deal now before it disappears!

 
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

What Security Threats Are You Missing?

Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

Join & Write a Comment

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…
What is Backup? Backup software creates one or more copies of the data on your digital devices in case your original data is lost or damaged. Different backup solutions protect different kinds of data and different combinations of devices. For e…
This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…
Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

760 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

17 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now