Windows 2003 + Exchange 2007 on newer platforms

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
i have two servers
- Win2003 Server (as the Primary DC with AD-integrated DNS) and a
- Latest Exchange Server 2007. (all roles setup in a single box like Mailbox, CAS, HubTransport roles - no unified or spam roles needed/defined)

Question is, these 2 servers are on unreliable old hardware. I want to move them to brand new Quad Core platforms. What is the best way to do this.? Microsoft sucks and their technet got millionpages linked on each page.

Could the procedure look something like this:
1 - Install Win2003 Server 64bit on both Machines (all updates/patches)
2-  First machine - using DCpromo make this the primary DC and GC.
3- Add 20 users manually to the new AD
4- Create GPO's similar to the old GPO with home shares and other security policies applied.
5- Install exchange 2007 on the second Machine- again all roles combined.
6- testing communication between exchange and AD
7- well i am pretty sure this aint gonna work, so step7 would be getting drunk

all the experts out there - plz lemme know if i am missing any steps in between.
thank you !
Question by:rdvarghese
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    If you are happy with the current AD infrastructure, the there is no reason to "throw out  the baby with the bath water".
    1- add the server to the domain or build as a DC.
    2- is correct.
    3- is not required as you keep the current AD.
    4- not required
    5-  Join second server to AD, install Exchange 2007 to current admin group.
    6-  move mailboxes
    7- remove exchange 2007
    8- decom the old DC

    Author Comment

    I am not happy with the current AD infrastructure - thats why decided to put them on newer platforms.
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    Well if that's the case, and looks like the number of users is no so big, so it can be done manually.
    Your plan looks good, I'll add 4.5 add the workstations to the new AD domain.
    and 6.5 export mailboxes to PST files and then import to new AD.


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