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Joesmail
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Hi,

I want to accomplish the following and was hoping for some expert input from the exchange guru's/experts/genius.

Situation:
1. We have another server built with Windows 2003 ready to go.
2. I need to add this to our current environment and move all mailboxes, public folders and operations of mail to this new server.
3. Remove the old server (currently acting as AD server, file & print) without any issues.

I would ideally like to be pointed at exactly the correct MS docs on how to do this with someone who has experience is performing this migration, with some opinions as to what to look out for or other unknown issue I might run in too.

If there is a better way to do this please add any other comments.

Cheers,
Joe
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Hi Joesmail,

This guide was written by Sembee, and is how I do all my migrations -> http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

That should at least get you started, and he or I can answer any questions you have here.

The only thing that I do not think that covers is the part about domain controllers.

If you current exchange server is a domain controller, and you want the new server to be a DC as well, then there are a few extra steps.

First, before installing exchange on the new server (herein NEW) make it a DC, using DCPROMO - you will also want to make it a GC -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313994

Then follow the migration guide, and then when you get to the old server, uninstall exchange, transfer the FSMO roles manually (you shouldn't have to, but I do) and then dcpromo it out of the domain.

http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

Other than that, you should be set, just be sure to allow enough time for public folder replication (included in the original document),

-red

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Thanks for this RED.  I haven't had time to take it all in yet so I will respond if I need to soon.

Thanks,

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Hi Red,

Will clean this up for you.  Sorry with the delay.
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Hi Joesmail,

No problems mate, things come up.  Thanks for coming back and closing this Q.

-red
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