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Configuring Exchange on Small Business Server 2008

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I am a Systems Admin for a small company and the formaer Admin was using UNIX sendmail as a mail server. My boss would like to use Exchange. We are running Windows Small Business Server 2008 which comes bundled with Exchange. We would like to get ALL messages and folders off the UNIX sendmail box and have them appear in Exchnage server. The problem is I dont see a migration tool available in SBS 2008. I know it exists in other Exchange versions. The UNIX sendmail box uses IMAP and I wanted to try to import all folders and messages from that box to the Exchange server.
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I appreciate your response flyingsky but these are not the current scenario I just stated. Normally you can use the Migration Tool in Exchange to migrate all folders and emails with their original timestamps from another mail server. We are using Small Business Server 2008 which is different form Exchange 2007 installed on a Win 2003 Server platform. I am looking for a step by step process to import all these messages and folders. Im am unsure how to do this through the Exchange Manager in Small Business Server
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Are you using Outlook?
If so, add Exchange to the user's profiles (I am thinking this is possible).
Start sending messages to Exchange instead of sendmail.
Then copy all the older messages from the PST into Exchange.
Very high level overview. if Outlook can do Exchange and IMAP at the same time, and I believe so, this won't be too hard.
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Hey darkstar3d:

   Thanks for responding. I am not sure of the purpose of sending via Exchange (configuring smtp server as exchnage box) and then receiving via the sendmail. Copying .pst files from all the workstations on the domain to the server on an individual basis does not really seem practical. Exchange 2007 had a migration tool....which has been stripped from Exchange 2007 on Small Business Server. This is where I am stumbling all over the place. There has to be a way to port over all messages and folders that were on sendmail directly from server to server.
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I think the importing may have to be done using powershell
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modus_operandi:

  With all due respect, how is the question of "how do I import all mail settings and folders on a sendmail server to sbs 2008 exchange" multiple questions? Maybe another expert forum would be the right way to go instead of Experts Exchange.
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You are already running SBS 2008 in a production environment? Very brave of you while it is not officially released for a couple more weeks.  :-)
Microsoft is currently working on migration documentation, but I suspect the documentation for migrating from a non-Microsoft platform will be a while coming. My understanding the current incomplete, documentation is very detailed, but you may have to wait a while for your scenario.
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RobWill:

   Thanks for responding....the number of IT professionals answering this forum were scarce...so your input is appreciated. Actually, SBS 2008 has been complete (dare I say that with a Microsoft product?) for over 5 months. It was made available to Microsoft partners. This is my first time using it, as my background is in MS 2000, 2003, 2008 server. I configured Exchange a couple of time, including Exchange 2007. Normally migration from non Exchange platforms is not hard...you use the migration tool snap in. SBS 2008 comes bundled with a "simplified" basic Exchange 2007. The migration tool is not present. The option therefore is to use Powershell commands, I am just unsure of what switches to use. When I figure it out I will post the answer so nobody else has to suffer through the process.

Mike
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Hi Mike.
I agree it has been available for partners for quite some time, but those versions, and licensing, were not intended for production environments, though quite stable and should work fine. The official release is scheduled for Nov 12, but there are rumors that may be delayed. I have used it a little over the past few months but afraid no help at all with an Exchange migration, especially from a different platform. I do know a couple of fellows that have done migrations to Exchange 2007 that have confirmed it is not possible without some use of PowerShell. Even some of the known migration tools like exmerge, apparently no longer work with 2007.

As rule the best site for assistance with migrations to SBS is Jeff Middleton's site www.sbsmigration.com , but even he is recommending at this time users take their time and hold of for a bit if possible. A new clean install is pretty well fail-proof but migration best practices have not been clearly defined as of yet.

There are tools on the SBS install CD to create an "answer file". This is supposed to be necessary in a migration, but yours is not typical so it may not apply.

Sorry I am really no help to you, but where you had received little response I thought I would "chime' in.
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RobWill:

    You are right on the money with a clean install. I just wiped out the old one and installed the official release. Just an FYI....the official release version, is also made available to partners, we were given it 4 days ago. I just did the install and some of the glitches that I experienced are gone. I will have to run Netdom to synch SID's on the workstations to the new AD DC (which is what this new install is). if that doesnt work I will have to rejoin the workstations manually.
    I will be working with some Poweshell commands for porting over the IMAP folders from the sendmail server. If and when i am successful, I will post them here for everyone to view.

Mike
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To modus_operandi:

I object to this forum being deleted until a resolution is posted as a value to all community members. I should have an answer shortly and will close out when appropriate.

Mike
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Good luck with it Mike, and I am sure any of your findings would be greatly appreciated by others in the future. It always difficult to be the leader of the pack, but you certainly gain a better understanding when doing so.
I will be sure to follow any updated posts by you or others.
--Rob
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Mike, in case you haven't seen it, there is a site with some migration information. It's not specific to your situation, but may be of some help:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707659.aspx
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TechSoEasy:

   Sorry, my pride got the better of me. I never could figure this one out....and it seems that the community couldnt either. I will see if I can close this question
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