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adding an Exchange Server 2003sp2 to an existing Exchange 2003 environment need to configure rpc over http

We have currently bought a new server which we loaded exchange 2003 sp2 enterprise. There already is an Exchange 2003 sp2  enterprise server in our environment. We have no front end servers in our environment. The orginal exchange server has rpc over http working. I also want to do the same for the new exchange server. Both servers are set up as backend exchange servers. Is it possible to get RPC over Http to work on to backend servers without a front end server? Eventually the original exchange server that is working will have all of the users moved off and be decomissioned.
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MesthaCommented:
You will need to configure RPC over HTTPS manually in the same way that the original server was configured. However it will need its own external IP address and SSL certificate.

Another option would be to standup a temporary Exchange 2003 standard machine as a frontend server and have all external traffic go to that. Then it doesn't matter which server the mailbox is on.

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mdbalatzisAuthor Commented:
Thanks. So I will not be able to use the same SSL cert from the old exchange server.
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mdbalatzisAuthor Commented:
Then I am wondering if I should just move all of the users from the old exchange server to the new one. And then configure HTTP over Rpc on the new server.  There are about 200 mailboxes, 120 gb store.
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MesthaCommented:
You can use the same certificate, but you will only be able to have the users pointing at one or the other of the servers. Users who have a mailbox on the other server will be unable to use RPC over HTTPS.

If you have a 120gb store I would suggest splitting it up. The MS guidelines is to try and keep stores at around 50gb each.

With a swing you don't move the mailboxes until everything else has been moved, so if you can shift the mailboxes in one move then that may be the best option. The Move Mailbox wizard makes this very easy, you can select them all and leave it to get on with it - four at a time will be moved, and it automatically moves on to the next one. Errors are logged.

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mdbalatzisAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for your assistance. I Created multiple storage groups with multiple stores on the new exch server. So I will move the mailboxes in groups. Also management said it is ok if they do not have access via owa or rpc over http for a couple of days. So when I have most users moved over to the new server I will copy the ssl certificate to the new server. Thank you again for assitance
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