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Removing and re-installing Exchange server 2003

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I have a server running Windows 2000 Advance Server with Exchange server 2003.  I want to upgrade the operating system on this server to Windows 2003 standard edition.  The only way to do this is to blow away the server and re-install from scratch since my company does not want to upgrade to Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition because of the cost.  A step by step overview of what the upgrade would entail.


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by:Sembee
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Do you not have any other server that you can install Exchange on to and do a swing migration?

Using the same physical machine basically involves backing up Exchange, then removing Exchange and rebuilding the machine. Exchange would have to be reinstalled, the backups restored and then the user accounts attached to mailboxes. Depending on how many mailboxes and the size of the store you could be looking at a good two days work.

If you have another machine that can take Exchange - it doesn't have to be anything very good, I use a workstation when I do this type of move. By using a second machine you can swing the data around and have Exchange available throughout the upgrade.

Simon.
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by:nataliox
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The machine is actually a front-end server running OWA.  There are no mailboxes on the machine.  
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That makes a massive difference.

Simply remove Exchange using add/remove programs.
Drop the machine in to a workgroup and reboot.
Wipe the machine.
Install Windows and patch
Install Exchange 2003 and update.
Set as a frontend server.

Simon.
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by:nataliox
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one more question.   Will I have to reboot the backend server at all??

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No, shouldn't have to. I have moved loads of frontends around without touching the backend. Make sure that there are no copies of ESM running though, as that can cause some interesting errors on the machine running ESM.

Simon.
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