Adding a new Exchange 2003 server to a new site

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I currently have a 2003 Active Directory forest that consists of 5 2003 Exchange Enterprise servers. We have acquired a new site that has a 2000 Exchange server. All sites are connected via WAN. I need to create a new 2003 Exchange Enterprise server and drop it at their site.
What is the best method of doing this? Can I simply make the new Exchange server a Domain Controller and GC and then just move mailboxes from one to other? Any boobytraps?
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That's about right, from my experience.  We just added another Exchange server and the process was that easy.  The only thing, of course, is that the users Outlook will lock up during the move.  But, after moving the mailbox, Outlook will automatically register the new server the mailbox resides on.
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If at all possible, you should not put exchange on a domain controller.
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The new exchange will connect to the domain at the new site or will it join to the AD at the main site?
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It will connect to the AD at the main site. The domain at the new site will go away.

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Unfortunately the Exchange server will have to be the DC/GC for a little while. Eventually a Network Services server will go in to assume these roles.

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So when I have the new server up and running at the location of the old one, will be a simple mailbox move? I imagine they are not part of the same Administrative Group correct?

Basically on the same LAN will be oldserver.olddomain.com server which is Exchange 2000. Then there will be newserver.newdomain.com which will be an Exchange 2003 server.

Mailbox moves simple?
How do I handle Recipient Policies for olddomain.com?
Can I replicate Public Folders between these 2 servers?
Donnie4572IT Manager

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No...no mailbox move between forest. Unless you are planning a trust between forest with an exchange connector. How many mailboxes? You may be well served by exporting/importing mail.

Exchange is supported on DC but it is not best path..

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About 200 mailboxes.

You mean exporting to .PST and then importing? Is there a better way?

What is involved with the Exchange Connector?
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Remember that if you install Exchange on to a domain controller then you cannot remove the domain controller role which Exchange is installed. If it is your intention to put a domain controller in there then it should ideally go in at the same time as Exchange.

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You could use PST's but there should be many migration tools available.
Have you seen this one.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=328871

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