Move Exchange 2003 from one machine to another in same domain
Posted on 2008-02-12
I am moving Exchange from one machine to another in the same domain.
The Exchange was located on a VPS, it is being moved to a dedicated machine now.
The Exchange was originally on Exchange 2000 on a Windows 2000 Server, then migrated to Exchange 2003 (the VPS) in the same domain.
The VPS is offline now and is experiencing issues which I don't even want to begin to get into. In this scenario, we will say that Exchange is offline and unaccessible. I have the DB files on the new Exchange 2003 server (.edb/.stm).
Exchange 2003 is up and running on the new machine:
--VPS FQDN (old exchange '03): machinea.domain.local
--NEW FQDN (new exchange '03): machineb.domain.local
With all that known, here is where I am currently sitting, I have the DB files which I can get to mount in a mailbox store, but mailboxes appear disconencted. This new machine is a DC in the existing forest, not the main DC though, as well the existing VPS exchange was a DC in the forest.
How would I go about getting the mailboxes properly up and running on this new machine? I know all the AD users have their mailboxes set to the machinea/mailbox store, so I assume that needs to change somehow. Also when trying to reconenct a disconnected mailbox, and inputting the appropriate object (the user) it is not found. When I proceed to goto advanced and Find Now with no params to search to view EVERYTHING, it is not showing Any of the existing AD users.