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Hi,

i have running server 2003 with a member server running exchange 2003. we are planning to take these servers off and put new set in place with win server 2003 and exchange 2007. the servers are ready to be brought in and are joined to the existing domain. e want to get all AD user migrated to new DC before taking old DC off site and we want to migrate all email users migrated to new exchange 2007.And now my plainning is as under but before implement that i needs experts suggestions:

1. As told i have joined both these server to present AD domain.
2. run DC promo on new DC server and make it Second DC in the existing domain. Do i have to do any thing manual to get the records replicated to new DC and when should I take old DC off site.
3. while migrating exchange records can we have the email users database on present exchange 2003 as well as new exchange 2007

Please suggest ASAP. Please elaborate running dcpromo part in details rest not required in deep details (only over view)

Thanks in Advance
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Hi there!
Running dcpromo.exe is not enough for you to get rid of your first domain controller. You will need to assign the new domain controller all of the operations masters roles, as well as a copy of the global catalog, before you can get rid of your old domain controller safely. There are five such roles, known also as the FSMO roles (Flexible Single Master Operations):
  • Schema Master Role
  • Domain Naming Master Role
  • RID Master Role
  • PDC Emulator Role
  • Infrastructure Master Role
This Microsoft article explains how to move all of these roles to the new server.
This Microsoft article explains how to create a copy of the global catalog on the new server.
As for upgrading your exchange from 2003 to 2007 the process is very simple:
  1. Add the new exchange 2007 server to your organisation.
  2. Move the mailboxes from the old exchange 2003 server to the new exchange 2007 server.
  3. Retire the old exchange 2003 server.
This Microsoft article explains how to transition from a single forest exchange 2003 to a single forest exchange 2007.
Let me know if this helps. :)
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Although i worked it out before you post the answer but just to let you know that your answer for exactly what i was looking for
thanks
Rajeev
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