We initially set up an exchange server for our organization expecting not to have to worry about supporting many users; but what should happen? I think you probably know. Using a budget pentium 3 server is not even acceptable for even 13 users. Well, after making aware our situation, I managed to snag an nice Xeon RAID setup to handle our email needs. However, this leaves the daunting task of transfering everything to the new exchange server to an IT for a small comany whose training didn't cover this topic. Yes, yes, I have read artice #822931 from the microsoft website (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931/
) and was planning to execute when I thought of the worst case scenario; what happens if all these roles are stripped from the old server and the new one doesn't work? Well, the weekend is only one day around here (Like most places) so I thought I'd seek some advice. So in advance, thank you for anyone who attempts to help me. So, down to the more specific problem. We are running all exchange and related services on the same machine, no frontend backend, etc.; OWA and even the antivirus/antispam are on the one computer. I have set up the new server so far so that it was installed as an aditional exchange server, not the first. It has all the latest service packs (SP2 as of now), etc. The perfect scenario for me would be as follows. Be able to transfer all the "primary" (first) server roles to the new computer so that it is a complete copy of the old one but still have the old one around until we can change all the clients to said new server. The server that exchange is currently running on is called SERVER02, whilst the new one; EXCHANGE01. I don't mind if some of the roles that can only be installed on one server per site (all this takes place in one site) be installed on the new one, but basically, I want to keep the old one on life suport until it is no longer needed. After that exchange comes off it and, well, hopefully any trace of it can be extinguished. For the rundown: Transfer Exchange to new server without losing old one to support clients until switched to new server while maintaining full funtionality on both servers (esp. OWA). Thank you, I'd honestly have to go buy hundreds of dollars worth of training material without you people.