Environment: 2000 AD server, Exchange 2003, 55 workstations
I upgraded the Exchange 5.5 to 2003 last week. This week i will remove the Exchange 5.5 and remove that server as a DC....
I need to swing over the 2000 ad to a temporary server than add four hard drives plus sata card to the existing 2000 AD. The existing SCSI card and hard rives will be moved to assigned a d drive so the data is still recoverable. I will install the new 2003 OS on the sata drives and than DCPromo that server from the temp. I will seize the roles on the temp server than clean them up (removing old 2000 server name) making that one to have the 5FSMO and GC. Rebuild the old 2000 server with 2003 and assign it the same name so workstations will not know the difference. This is a slight modification from the Jeff Middleton Swing migration, if anyone is familiar with that method.
My question is can i just transfer(instead of seize) the roles to the temp server, do some cleanup and than get the 5FSMO and GC back to the old server once installed with 2003 Server? I am use to doing this kind of migration from SBS 2000 to SBS 2003. The whole thing is keeping the same server name on the newly restructured server..
How would one do this migration, remember I do have Exchange 2003 server on a separate box????
Third item is to install Exchange 2007 on separate box on separate night... i will post in different group