Remove old Exchange Server before Outlook Profiles Update
Posted on 2009-02-18
I currently have an Exchange 2003 server, I added a new temp Exchange 2007 server and migrated all the mail boxes over to it. I also have AD 2008 and Server 2008 for domain controller. The clients are running Outlook 2003 and 2007.
If I disconnect the old Exchange server from the network and try to login to and existing Outlook profile it will not work. It cannot see the old mail server that somehow points it to the new server. I know this is by design which is why I did not kill the old server yet.
The issues is I would really like to rebuild the old Exchange server to 2007 now, while everyone is on vacation this week, and then move the mail boxes back to it. But if I do that before each profile is logged in and updated to the new server, I would have to manually touch every existing Outlook profile (aprox. 250 of them) to update the server.
Is there a way around this? That is to force Outlook or some pointer in AD to automatically see the new temp email server without having the old email server on the network.