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Need To Replicate All Exchange Settings From Old Server To New Server

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Hello,

We have a new server for Exchange.  I am loading it and setting it up now.  Running Exchange 2003 SP2 with all corrections.  Our old Exchange server is running the same thing.  How can I get all the setting from the old Exchange server system manager over to the new server exchange system manager, with out having to go thru each property manually to find the setting on the old server and then setting it manually on the new server.  I basically want to replicate all the settings from old to new.  Also is there a report that can be ran to print the settings to that I may save them in case they are needed at a future date.  Please advise.  Thanks.
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Sembee earned 500 total points
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Most Exchange settings are stored in the domain, not on the server itself.
Therefore as long as you do a swing migration with both servers live at the same time, all you have to do is move data around.

I have a guide to swing migration on my web site at http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

Simon.
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Sembee,

The migration document is very helpful....however, when syncing the folders (SEND CHANGES), ...was doing this:

also need to replicate some of the system folders. To access the system folder list, right click in Folders in ESM and choose View System Folders.
The folders that you need to replicate are:

Offline Address Book (OAB) - don't forget the sub folders
Schedule + Free Busy
Organization Forms
Before moving any mailboxes you need to ensure that replication is complete. The replication status is notorious for not always showing that "In Sync". If you find that it never shows "In Sync" use ESM to verify that the number of items is the same on both servers using the "Status" tab. If you are using Exchange 2003 ESM, then selecting another folder will leave ESM on the "Status" tab making it quick and easy to scan lots of folders for the numbers.

If you are doing Exchange 2003 - Exchange 2003 migration then you can use the "Send Hierarchy" and "Send content now" commands to speed things up. This can thrash the network, so do it at a quiet time.

 
I got this error:


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The version of the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service is incompatible with the version of the Exchange System Manager.  Make sure all components have matching versions.

ID no: c1041725
Exchange System Manager
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Got on original server.  Both are running Windows 2003 Sever Standard and Exchange 2003 SP2 with all corrections for Win2003 and EX2003.
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by:Sembee
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If you look at the versions of store.exe on both servers, are they the same?

Simon.
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by:rstuemke
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Apparently the info store service was not running.  Have successfully replicated public stores , OAB, etc.

Its all good.
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