Relace Old Standalone Ex2K Server with New Standalone Ex2K Server. Need a Walkthrough.

Greetings to all, I am a first time Exchange rebuilder so I am a little edgy. I understand that you need to run forestprep and domainprep on a domain with no Ex Server. But what is the process when you have a functional Ex2K Server? I have a brand new server that I will install W2K Server and Ex2K on. I need to know what steps to take to ensure I can transfer the data and retire the old server, and then promote the new one. Is there any way to test the install before it goes live? Also, if I change the name of the Exchange server do I have to change the server name on the client PCs in Outlook 2003? Probably a dumb question, but that's what we are all here for, help. This is worth 500 points to whoever can get me going. Thanks.

PS: The old server is out of disk space plus it is 6 yrs old. I can't see dumping 8-900 bucks into such an old unit. We only have around 40 mail users here. We will probably upgrade to W2003 Server next year. Too much to do this year.
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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you are staying on the same version of Exchange, then no prep is required. Simply install the components that Exchange requires, join the machine to the domain and install Exchange. It will automatically join the existing Exchange org.

You then need to configure replication of public and system folders. Leave the server at least a week to replicate that content. It is very slow and cannot be sped up. Exchange 2000 is very conservative with replication data (which was resolved with Exchange 2003).

Once all the public and system folders are replicated, move the mailboxes using the move mailbox wizard.
Here is the clever bit - leave both servers running and Outlook will automatically redirect to the new server. You will not have to touch the clients. It can be done without the users even noticing. Leave them running for a few days, then follow the agreed procedure for removing Exchange 2000 from the domain.

This article on my web site explains what needs to be done.
http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

The key is to take your time, don't try to rush it, and do things in the right order. That way the migration will go through very easily with no downtime, no loss of data, no risk to the data and no headaches for you.

Simon.
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gpfrankAuthor Commented:
Thanks for clearing up some of the steps necessary for this move. I think that your explanation was concise and to the point. I will be performing this proceedure this coming week I hope. I will repost the reults for others as well. Thanks
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