Solved

Need Advice on Upgrading Exchange 2003 Standard to Exchange 2003 Enterprise w/Clustering

Posted on 2007-11-29
2
169 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have called M$ on this issue, but wanted to make sure if anyone else here had done this before or not, and what to look out for.  I have a very simple Exchange setup.  I am running 2003 w/SP2 applied on an old Dell 6650.  Windows 2003 Standard w/SP2 is the OS that I am running on.  OWA runs on the same box and not a front-end server.

Fours years later, I now wish to do the following:
1) Upgrade the site to Exchange 2003 Enterprise with a two-node cluster.  I am thinking I can do this, by introducing a new exchange server into the existing site running Exchange Enterprise and Windows 2003 Enterprise server.  I can then make the new server the site master and setup the clustering accordingly.  After that, all I should have to do is to pull the mailboxes over to the new server.
2) Establish a front-end server for OWA services.  I am thinkg that I can set the current Exchange Server running standard edition as a front-end server (after I move the mailboxes to the Enterprise server of course).  

M$ said that I should be able to accomplish what I want by the aforementioned plan, but I wanted run it by the experts on this site in case I am missing something.  I just can't believe it going to be this straight-forward.

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:jmoney68
2 Comments
 
LVL 104

Accepted Solution

by:
Sembee earned 500 total points
ID: 20378645
That is pretty much all there is to it.
Build the new cluster, then treat it as a regular Exchange server with doing the move mailbox etc. You will need to strip all mailboxes off the standard server, which means looking for those accounts that have mailboxes that were never used.

Key point is to ensure that the backend servers (cluster) are fully up to date on patches before you introduce the frontend - this means ensuring the patch level on the frontend is the same or higher as the backend. If the existing server has been fully maintained with updates (not just service packs) then this shouldn't be an issue.

Simon.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:jmoney68
ID: 31411830
OK, thanks.  We make sure to keep up with the updates so we should be OK.  

Thanks again
0

Featured Post

How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

Join & Write a Comment

Utilizing an array to gracefully append to a list of EmailAddresses
Follow this checklist to learn more about the 15 things you should never include in an email signature from personal quotes, animated gifs and out-of-date marketing content.
To show how to create a transport rule in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow >> Rules tab.:  To cr…
This video discusses moving either the default database or any database to a new volume.

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now