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Help planning upgrade from Windows Server 2000 to Server 2003.

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Hi Guys,
              Here's my situation I have one server ( Poweredge 2900) that performs the following roles:
             1) DNS server.
             2) DHCP Server.
             3) File Server.
             4) Active Directory.
             5) Accpac Advantage Series Enterprise Edition 5.0a server
             6) SQL Server 2000
             7) IIS 5.0
             8) Exchange 2000  

We bought another server (another 2900) and I want to migrate to Server 2003 (both servers). I also want to upgrade from SQL Server 2000 to 2005 and exchange 2000 to 2007, however I want to keep all my exchange data ( and all other data for that matter). What I'm looking for is a plan to help me migrate to server 2003 and keep all my files. So I'm thinking of using the new server to help me do this. I currently have no ideas of how to do this. please let me know if you need any more information.

Thanks in advance,
Tim.
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by:tigermatt
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Hi Tim,

The first step is to migrate Active Directory to the new server. I wrote an article with the procedure for doing that, which you can see at http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Replace-a-Windows-Server-2003-Domain-Controller.html.

Stop at the end of the article at the step when you demote the old server. It is at this stage when you then do the Exchange Server migration: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part1.html.

Once Exchange is happily migrated to the new server and the Exchange 2000 instance is uninstalled (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307917), you can then go ahead and demote the old server.

Files can be copied across through a number of methods - ROBOCOPY with the /COPYALL switch is my preferred approach, as it retains the NTFS permissions with the files.

-Matt
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by:Timur_gy
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Thanks alot tigermatt. So you think I should move everything over to the new server? Then what happens to the old server its still a relatively new and somewhat powerful machine I would like to split some of the task with it. I probably would like to run exchange on the old server alone.
Any ideas on the accpac?

Regards,
Tim.
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tigermatt earned 500 total points
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I've never even heard of AccPac before this question. I would contact the producers directly to get information on how to migrate that properly.

I was under the impression you wanted to remove the old server completely. If you do want it to remain on the network, I'd suggest you keep it as a Domain Controller and DNS Server, to give Active Directory resilience. The other roles you install on it are your choice.

If you wished to move to Exchange 2007 and have this running on the current server, you would have to complete a procedure in multiple stages, as follows:

1) Promote new server and migrate everything to that server (including Exchange 2007)
2) Uninstlall Exchange and Demote old server
3) Format old server, install Server 2003/2008 64-bit.
4) Promote as Domain Controller *then* install Exchange 2007
5) Migrate back and uninstall Exchange 2007 from the new server.

You would need to ensure the old server is indeed 64-bit capable.

-Matt
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by:Timur_gy
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Alright matt I'll work with this. Thanks alot.
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Well I'll give it a go. Thanks.
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