Moving primary Exchange 2003 server to a new server and then removing old exchange server

Hello,

I working in a windows 2000 domain environment.
I have 2 exchange 2003 servers
I have a vpn connecting two offices. Each office has its own exchange 2003 server
I have 3 domain controllers.
2 windows 2000 domain controllers with exchange 2003 installed no patches
1 windows 2003 domain controller that I want to put exchange 2003 onto.

In Office 1 I have the primary 2000 DC and the windows 2003 DC
I want to move Exchange 2003 from the primary 2000 DC which was the first server to have exchange 2003 installed to
the 2003 DC.  

I am going to install exchange 2003 on the new 2003 server and move the mailboxes and public stores.

what other steps do I have to do to finish the move and then remove it off the primary DC.

I just don't want to screw it up.

EmpyrionTechnologiesAsked:
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ppuroConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Below article will help you out.

How to remove the first Exchange Server 2003 computer from the administrative group
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822931


Regards,

Prasad
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
thanks, I will give it a shot and keep you posted
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amaheshwariCommented:
You can also look into this :

How to move Exchange 2003 to new hardware and keep the same server name
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822945/en-us
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
I am having issues with the syncing of the the public folders between the two servers
The one highlevel public folder did work.  When you do the same thing to the sub folders.  You click details to see if it says "in-sync" and it is completely black.  I set the replication interval to always which microsoft says it should replicate every 15 minutes.  I see the server and server3 under the replication tap on all the public folders.

I am not sure if it only matters what the highlevel folder says for the details or what.  

Am I doing anything wrong?  I can post whatever details anyone needs.

thanks

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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
where I said "completely black" I meant completely blank
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
On a side note. I have Server Pack 2 for exchange on server3 and no service pack on the server.
Server is the on that has all the public shares hosted on it.  Server 3 is where I want to move them too.

thanks
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ppuroCommented:
Did you add the replica of sub-folders to the new server as well?

To check whether its completely replicated to the new server or not , instead of looking at in sync just compare the number of items and size by expanding public folder store --public folders on both of the server and compare them.


Regards,

Prasad
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Yes I went to all the subfolders and added the new server as a replica.

Where abouts do you go to check how many items and how big the public folders are?  I went to the properties of the folder in system manager, but did not see anything to do with the size or items.

thanks

Lyle
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ppuroCommented:
You won't get anything under folders.

You need to expand public folder store and then click on public folders. In right hand pane you will see the list of all public folders with the number of items in it and size of the same.

Compare them with the old server.

Regards,

Prasad
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
sorry, long day.

gotcha.... the store!

thanks
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