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Migrating exchange to new domain

Posted on 2006-07-06
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Hello all,

Currently I have 2 windows 2000 domains. Domain A is currently getting migrated to windows 2003. Domain B is a windows 2000 domain that currently has our Exchange 2003 server. I would like to migrate our exchange server to a new sever in domain A. There is no trust relationship between the domains. Domain b is basically only used for e-mail.(users basically have 2 accounts an account in domain a and b...a nightmare I know) I am looking for the best way to migrate the current exchange to the domain A. Detailed advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advanced

Tim
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You cannot lift Exchange out of one domain and drop it in to the other - so any thoughts you had in that direction should be forgotten.

Are you moving to a new machine, or taking the old machine with you?

As there is no trust or anything like that, the only way to move the email to the new domain will be to export all content using exmerge. Then install Exchange in to the new domain, create the accounts and then import the content back in, again using exmerge.

Simon.
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Simon,

Thanks for the quick reply. I am aware that I can not drop exchange into another domain. I am planing to build a new server in domain and install exchange. The accounts in domain A are already there (most user accounts are the same in domain a as they are in b) If a trust relation is built between the 2 domains can the move mailbox wizard be used? Also what about changing the server name in outlook profile for clients? Would this need to be changed with a script perhaps?
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Considering you are going across domains, the automated techniques will not work. You will have to update the Outlook profile manually - or use a script.

Depending on the version of Outlook depends on what technique you can use.
Outlook 2003 can use a single configuration file. Older versions have to use different methods.

As you are building a new server, I would probably use the exmerge export / import method. It will give you complete control over the process. It also takes the pressure off you - as you can give users access to new email and then import the older content at a later date.

Simon.
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