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Need best solutiont for migrating exchange 2003 mailboxes to a new sbs exchange server 2003 with a different orginization name.

I have looked into just moving the database files however to my knowledge i cannot rename the organization so this will not work. The only two other options i can think of are to use the exchange 2003 migrations wizard or exmerge.

I would prefer to use the exchange migration tool but from my reading it will create user accounts in the new active directory. Unfortunantly the server is already in use and has user accounts with identical names as the server i am migrating from. I need to know if this will cause an issue when using this tool or if there is a way to just migrate the mailboxes then mount them onto the appropriate accounts.

ExMerge seems like it would work however it appears to be a much longer and less efficiant method so i would prefer to avoid it.

What are my best options here?
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peakpeakCommented:
First of all: How many users are we talking about?
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skca54Senior EngineerCommented:
Try EXMERGE.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
www.sbsmigration.com.

Check into it. Preserves your Active Directory, Exchange databases are transferred right over and connected up, and it is actually a very simple process.

We use it extensively with our client SBS migration needs. Can do Swing off existing hardware and back on again with fresh install, Swing off existing hardware and Swing back to new hardware. Can facilitate an extensive disaster recovery plan.

It is excellent.

Philip
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
If you have already got another SBS box setup, then export the contents of Outlook to PST as well as exporting the user's rules. This can be done by resetting the user's passwords (or acquiring their actual ones) and logging into their machines remotely.

EXMerge only gets the PST files and may be quirky in its use.

Philip
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Sorry on the first post, jumped the gun. :)

Philip
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peakpeakCommented:
How many users, Exmerge might be an overkill
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I disagree, EXMerge is PERFECT for this situation.  Using Outlook can work, but is bad on the permissions migration, and only really exports mailbox items, not structure, settings or attributes.

See http://sbsurl.com/exmerge for an overview.

EXMerge will migrate all server-side rules in addition to all other mailbox settings and attributes.  

I've used EXMerge for as few as ONE mailbox and as many as 50 without any real problems.

Since the new server already exists... this is the only real method.  The Migration Wizard won't work at all with SBS really.  There is a disaster recovery method for restoring the database files, but it's rather dirty and could cause corruption.  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313184)

Jeff
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TTITAuthor Commented:
Hi Gents,
Thanks for the responses. Old server was named as Client_Servername and SBS did not like the underscore in the name at all so it complicated the swing migration a bit. We were able to get a majority of it done but this is a bit different in that we are unable to forklift Exchange from the old 2000 server  and Exchange 2003 installation because of the differing Organization names. We are only talking about 25 or so users so shooting .pst files is a pretty viable option, but these are Engineers we are talking about, so most mailboxes are in the 750Mb to 1.5 Gig range. Going to take some time to shoot .pst and make Rule BU's. We are pretty close to the limit on time of what we quoted for the migration so we are basically just trying to find a way to stay in budget on this and get the cleanest version of their mailboxes restored. It really wouldn't be a big deal to go over the time we quoted and I made the caveat at the start of the job that some factors might require us to, but this is our first major job with this particular client and I am getting ready to pitch a service contract to them so smoooth and under budget would be a good thing!
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Not sure what you mean about "only really exports mailbox items"?

Every PST export we  have done as contained the entire contents of that person's Outlook including all subfolders and their contents.

As far as any shares and permissions set to those folders, the server setup is new, so it seems that those settings will need to be reset anyway.

Am I off base?

Philip
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TTITAuthor Commented:
Thanks Phil and Jeff - appreciate the insight from you both.
Jeff, any issues using Exmerge to go from a 2003 stand alone Exchange info store to the 2003 version in SBS?
Again Gents, We know both methods will work but would like to use the most efficient (read: fastest) method to make this happen. Have used the .pst method lots of times but is Exmerge significantly faster and cleaner?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
When you export a mailbox at the Outlook level to a .pst file it is no longer an Exchange mailbox and loses all the Exchange system data that would normally be preserved with a server level export.  Things like server-side rules, delegate permissions, recurring appointments that have attendees, etc are lost because when the mailbox is re-imported back to Outlook the permissions and user ID's don't synch up.

EXMerge does a lot of that when its run so you have a better overall chance of bringing things back to where they were.

There are NO issues with regard to stand-alone vs SBS because they are both the same version.

I would point out that you will be restoring these mailboxes into the new Exchange Store that already has mailboxes for these users.  AFTER you restore the .pst mailboxes with EXMerge you will see two mailboxes -- the EXMerged one is disabled.  You then delete and purge the user's current, enabled mailbox and then enable and attach the migrated mailbox to each user.

Jeff
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