Migrating E2k3 to New Hardware

Posted on 2008-10-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
At present I have a single server running all Services. DC, AD, E2k3. etc..
I want to bring in anew Member Server to run Exchange. I have followed various articles, and have server on the Domain as a member server, and have installed E2k3 and up to date Service Packs. Now I am running into problems.
My original server is showing the new server, and I have followed various instructions to replicate Public / System Folders.
The main problem is that when I click on the new server and click to expand >First Administrative Group I get an error :
'The action cannot be completed as the Microsoft Exchange Information Store is unavailable'.
I have tried a few things but am stuck here...
I have even tried uninstalling Exchange and starting again, but when I go through Add/Remove it comes up with an error and wont let me uninstall.

Any Ideas?
Question by:alanheaton
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Expert Comment

ID: 22818710
What are the errors? Are there any databases on the new exchange server?

Author Comment

ID: 22819702
I have installed the Server. I haven't moved any mailboxes yet, so does that mean there are no databases.
When I turn the new server on, at the start before you logon it comes up and says
'At least one service / driver failed during system startup.'
When I go into event viewer there is a dnsapi error, saying the new server could not register with the DNS server.
There is also an error saying the Microsoft Information Store service depends on the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service, which failed to start.

Expert Comment

ID: 22828057
First the DNS error. I will asume that DNS integrated with Active Directory? Is the new exchange server configured to use the domain controller as the DNS server? Do you see an A record in DNS for the new exchange server? I would run dcdiag on the new exchange server and make sure you can communicate properly with the DC/DNS.
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Author Comment

ID: 22830183
Yes DNS is with AD. There is no A record in DNS for new server. There is one A record for the current server.

The current server is a single server running all..

Expert Comment

ID: 22837762
On the new server, under the Network connection properties -> Advanced -> DNS is the box for register this connection in DNS checked?

You should run dcdiag on the new server and see if you get an error.

Author Comment

ID: 22838732
When I run Dcdiag, it comes back with anerror saying that the server is not a DC..

Under the Network Connection, 'Register this connection in DNS' is checked, but the box above it is blank...

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artisticsoul earned 500 total points
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dcdiag /s:domain controller name

Hmmm. You'll need to manually add an A record to DNS for the new server, and look at the event log on the DC for errors.

All of AD and Exchange expect DNS to be functional. So we have to get the communication going before we can see if there is another reason the store will not start.


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