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I have a network situation I need to run by you experts. I have a Dell server running 2000 and exchange 2000. It is the only AD server in the network. The IT manager wants to purchase a new 2003 server and exchange 2007 and eventualy remove the 2000 AD and exchange server. I am not quite sure of the best procedure to do this. I figured I could upgrade the 2000 server to 2003 then install the new exchange server. Then move thew mailboxes to the new server, but I am not sure this is the clean way to proceed.
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You can't do that because Exchange 2000 will not run on Windows 2003 server.  If you are going to migrate to a new server anyway, the best way to do it would be to upgrade your Active Directory domain to Windows 2003 Mixed mode first - this can be done simply by putting the Windows 2003 Server CD into your Windows 2000 server and running adprep /domainprep from there. This will update Active Directory but without requiring you to actually install Widows 2003 server on your old server.  Then, you can install Windows 2003 on your new server, join the domain, and then run DCPROMO to promote it to a DC.  Then move all of the FSMO roles to the new server and make it a global catalog server.  Then you will be able to install Exchange 2007 on the new server. Your old Exchange 2000 server also have to be on SP3.  Here's a link to MS's deployment guide for Exchange 2007 where you will find lots of information (more than you probably want) but a lot of it is very helpful:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx
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