This up-comming weekend we are planning on transferring our current Exchange 2000 server to a brand new, completely different server with Windows Server/Exchange 2003.
Currently the Exchange 2000 is running on an out-of-date Windows 2000 Server box.
2 Weeks ago we upgraded the domain controller to Windows Server 2003 successfully (including forestprep and adprep).
This is the last step in our complete move to Windows Server 2003.
I have read the article here: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Migrating-Exchange2000-Exchange-2003-Hardware.html
which seems to be extremely straight forward and ultimately pretty easy. The only problem i can see is that this article talks about moving Exchange to a brand new server with a completely different computer name. We would like to keep the same computername as the old exchange server if possible because we have other applications that rely on that name to work properly, plus we would prefer not to have to go to all 80 client PCs to re-configure outlook properties.
Is this possible? I would imagine it would be, because if our exchange server was to crash, we would have to have a way of restoring from a backup - which is, i guess essentially what we would be doing, except on different hardware/software. And if so, what are the proposed steps for this action? Do i need to re-run adprep/forestprep if they have already been completed?
Also, right now all of our users are using Outlook 2002. Once the new exchange server is in place and working, we'd like to upgrade to Outlook 2003. Does anyone have any suggestions for the easiest deployment method for this?