Solved

Exchange migration from users in workgroup

Posted on 2006-11-09
4
245 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I've got sketchy info right now guys, but here is the bottom line.

i've got a company with about 5 workgroups (for sake of discussion, call them W1, W2, W3...)

They have an Exchange server setup (2003 on SBS), so obviously they have an AD domain (call it company.local)

From what I'm being told, these users in the various workgroups all are using Exchange.  I've never seen a setup where workgroup users are using exchange, so I guess that is my first question, is that even possible?  Never seen it done that way.    

Here is the plan.  We are going to install a few more servers to implement an AD structure, with a new Exchange server (SBS is old and needs to be replaced).  So from a migrating policy, I should be able to just add those new servers to the company.local domain, install exchange via MS documentation, move mailboxes to new exchange box, decommission SBS with exchange, right?  

Just wanted to get more input on this.  I understand that I will need to copy users profiles when I join them to the domain.  Thanks in advance for any replies.  

0
Comment
Question by:neowolf219
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 104

Accepted Solution

by:
Sembee earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
It can be done. If the usernames and passwords are the same and the users never change their passwords and the AD passwords are set to never expire it could be easily done.
Also consider this - hosted Exchange operators don't make you join their domain to use their service.

As you already have SBS, I would hang on to it for now. Do the migration from workgroup to domain using the SBS Network Connection wizard. That will convert the workgroup profile to a domain profile automatically. Once you have everything converted, then look at doing the migration to the full products. Makes life much easier.

Simon.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:neowolf219
Comment Utility
Thanks for the reply Simon,

We eventually want to move away from SBS server (as mentioned, on a dreadfully unreliable box).  Do you think it is still wise to use the Network Connection wizard that would convert workgroup profile to a domain profile, and then just implement the new AD servers and phase out the SBS?

Also, anyone have a link to anything on the Network Connection wizard, having a bit of a problem tracking down a link or something helpful.

Thanks for the help, Simon.  Much appreciated.  
0
 
LVL 104

Expert Comment

by:Sembee
Comment Utility
The only reason that I mentioned hanging on to the SBS server is so that you can use the network connection wizard. It does all the work for you when moving from a workgroup to a domain, including all the permission changes. You can set the machines off and leave it to get on with it.

The network connection wizard is available through the web site on the server... http://servername/ if I recall correctly it is on the home page.

Once you have all the machines connected to the domain then you can start to undo things. In fact, there would be nothing to stop you from starting to introduce the additional servers at any point, just use the SBS machine to manage the migration of the user profiles from the workgroup to the domain.

Simon.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:neowolf219
Comment Utility
Nice.  Appreciate it.  
0

Featured Post

Highfive + Dolby Voice = No More Audio Complaints!

Poor audio quality is one of the top reasons people don’t use video conferencing. Get the crispest, clearest audio powered by Dolby Voice in every meeting. Highfive and Dolby Voice deliver the best video conferencing and audio experience for every meeting and every room.

Join & Write a Comment

We are happy to announce a brand new addition to our line of acclaimed email signature management products – CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365.
Local Continuous Replication is a cost effective and quick way of backing up Exchange server data. The following article describes the steps required to configure Local Continuous Replication. Also, the article tells you how to restore from a backup…
In this video we show how to create a Distribution Group 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 >>…
In this video we show how to create a Resource Mailbox in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: Navigate to the Recipients >> Resources tab.: "Recipients" is our default selection …

743 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

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now