Solved

Moving mailboxes from one server to another within the same domain

Posted on 2006-07-21
2
189 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I am planning to move user mailboxes from one server to another in the same domain using the AD move mailbox feature. I am running Exchange 2003 on Windows server 2003 std on both servers and plan to decommision the first server if all goes well.

What is the best disaster recorvery approach to this scenario giving the fact that things may not just work as expected after the move and users run the risk of losing new e-mails after the move is effected.

I already have an up-to-date  backup of the information store on the current server, but i am thinking of a seamless fall back solution with the minimum outage possible if indeed a problem occurs.

Secondly is the AD move mailbox feature the best approach to this problem?

Thanks for a quick response.
0
Comment
Question by:yinkantia
2 Comments
 
LVL 17

Accepted Solution

by:
Microtech earned 500 total points
ID: 17156305
just follow the swing method which simon has documented well on his website. http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

when you move a mailbox it is not deleted from the source until it knows that it has been successfully transferred.

Also is the server you are moving the mailboxes off the first installed exchange server in that domain? If so follow this document. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=822931
0
 
LVL 104

Expert Comment

by:Sembee
ID: 17157849
The swing method using move mailbox is the safest method. As already outlined, it doesn't actually delete the source until it is confirmed at the other end. I have had power failures during a move and not lost anything (from the Exchange server anyway).

By doing a swing you can back out of the operation at any point. If something goes wrong, simply move the mailboxes back.

Simon.
0

Featured Post

Too many email signature updates to deal with?

Do you feel like you are taking up all of your time constantly visiting users’ desks to make changes to email signatures? Wish you could manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users? Well, there is an easy way!

Join & Write a Comment

"Migrate" an SMTP relay receive connector to a new server using info from an old server.
Find out how to use Active Directory data for email signature management in Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.
In this video we show how to create a Contact in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Recipients >> Contact ta…
In this video we show how to create an Accepted Domain in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow >> Ac…

747 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

10 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now