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Best practice to migrate single Exchange Server 2003 to clustered 2 node?

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What would be the best and most simplified apporach to migrate a single MS-Exchange Server 2003 over to a 2-server cluster?  What would the basic, summary steps be?  I need to provide complete redundancy and up-time for the Exchange Server environment.  The current server runs Server 2000 Std and contains a 6 HDD array and is partitioned for OS, App and Logs and would be 'migrated' to 2 new servers with the same configuration.  I have never tried clustering and am somewhat apprehensive - but the concept and practicality of what I have read seems to make good working sense.  I am somewhat technical, a fast read and quick learner... any basic step / info that you can provide would be tremendously helpful.  Is there actually a simplified white paper describing this particular type of single server to two server cluster that I could reference?

Please ask for any other detail that you think is pertinent for this kind of migration / upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
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hi

i think you can follow the following steps to achive your requirements.

1) Install 2003 OS on 2 box's
2) Install Windows 2003 cluster  (This link should provide you how to do that - http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Implementing-Two-Node-Cluster-Windows-2003-Enterprise.html).  You can also read some documentation from microsoft before doing this.
3) then installed exchnage for the same domain i.e as an additional exchange server in the same exchange orgnization ( exchnage automatically detects clustered environmnet)
4) configure Exchage cluster
5) move 1 or 2 test users to the new servers and test.
6) if success then start migrating all users.

you can get all the technical articles at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/default.mspx

try to do all this in a TEST LAB, instead of in production Env directely

Thanks
JLP
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were you able to get any solution to this

Thanks
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