Have exchange 2000, but rolling out Exchange 2007, what must I do?

Hi Folks,

Currently I have a Windows 2k Server that is also running exchange 2000.  This E2k server is also a domain controller and has some FSMO roles.  I know those should be moved over to an intermediary server.  I've brought in a new server that will house Exchange 2007.  I've never worked with 2007 at all, and I was just wondering the best way to go about this process, and any snags to look out for.  Thanks :)

Will I have to use exmerge or can 2000 databases be brought into 2007?  Thanks.
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AnthonyP9618Commented:
Because 2007 only runs on 64-bit architecture and since you cannot in-place upgrade to 2007, you will more than likely have to move to new hardware and stand up a new Exchange organization.  Due to this, you can simply stand up the 2007 org and move mailboxes from your 2000 setup to the new 2007.

NOTE: You need to be running at Windows Server 2003 Domain Functional Level before upgrading to 2007.
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QuiteSupersonicAuthor Commented:
Do you mean, that i can't have any windows 2000 domain controllers in the domain with the introduction of 2007?
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AnthonyP9618Commented:
From the MSExchange link above..

One of the bigger requirements is that Exchange 2007 requires the domain functional level to be at Windows 2000 native mode (see figure 1). On top of that Exchange 2007 also requires that the Schema master and the Global Catalog servers run Windows Server 2003 with SP1 applied. It goes without saying that you also need a functional DNS infrastructure in place. If you are installing Exchange 2007 into an existing organization, the Exchange mode must be set to native-mode. This means no Exchange 5.5 servers anywhere in the Exchange organization. If you still have any Exchange 5.5 servers, you will need to upgrade them to Exchange 2000/2003 or remove them completely before proceeding with the installation of Exchange 2007.

You can have Windows 2000 DCs, but your Schema Master and GC servers must be Windows 2003 SP1.
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QuiteSupersonicAuthor Commented:
Ok, should i give the exchange 2007 server the same name as the old one?  And how do i go about importing or moving data from the 2000 exchange server to the new one?  Backup tape?  Move the entire mdbdata folder over?

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