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What is the proper migration plan for moving Exchange Server from one data center to another?

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I have an Exchange 2007 Server running in Tampa. The server was setup and configured to be the a one stop solution for mail. It receives internet mail (Edge) and also has the Transport protocol installed on it (Send mail out).

The server is hosted on a network and I'm trying to setup a new server to be hosted in another data center. I'm looking for help in establishing a migration plan that involved zero (or minimal) down time.

I intend to setup a new domain controller at the new data center and join the existing domain. From there I planned on installing Exchange 2007 and moving the mailboxes over to the new server.

Can someone help map out what can and what can not be done in terms of moving servers/
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Sounds like you're on the right track.  As long as the Exchange servers are part of the same Org and the DC is part of the same domain, moving mailboxes is the way to go to have "zero" downtime.  Zero downtime isn't the term you want to use however.  When the user's mailbox is in the process of being moved (especially the big ones), they won't be able to send & receive until the mailbox is moved and they might have to restart their Outlook client.
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Paka,

Can the new DC and Exchange server be in different networks completly. My goal is to migrate from Tamap to Detroit. I know that, on a per mailbox basis, there will be down time but no down time for the overall system.


Do you know of any tech specs or documents that outline the whole process of how to bring a new DC online at a remote location followed by a remote Exchange server?


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Can the new DC and Exchange server be in different networks completly?
Yes they can.  You should define a sites and services topology so that authentication and replication work properly.

Do you know of any tech specs or documents that outline the whole process of how to bring a new DC online at a remote location followed by a remote Exchange server?
There are many whitepapers and step-by-step guides published by Microsoft.  Here's a good link for a branch office deployment:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9353A4F6-A8A8-40BB-9FA7-3A95C9540112&displaylang=en
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