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Exchange 2000 to a VMware Virtual Machine

Hello - I have an HP Proliant physical box running Server 2000 and Exchange 2000.  It has been hanging on me frequently and I have to power down and power back up.   Once every few days.  Not sure what the problem is - nothing new installed - I may replace the memory to see if that is it.   anyway - Just installed 2 VMWare Hosts and a new SAN and my plan was early next year to look into upgrading to Exchange 2007 and either Server 2003 or Server 2008.   Now with this problem I am looking at just installing a Server 2000 VM and installing Exchange 2000 on it and moving my mail to it.  Question, I guess, is....can someone explain or point me to the correct procedures to move my exchange 2000 to a new server (VM).   Do I just install Exchange 2000 on the new one and copy the data over?   Doubt it's that easy.   Thanks
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Glen KnightCommented:
You just need to install another exchange server, move all the mailboxes to this new server then decomission the old one.

Make sure you update all your firewall rules and port forwarding to go to the new server then your done.
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Glen KnightCommented:
There is a guide here on how to remove the first Exchange 2000 server from the network after you have done the above.

There are a few aditional steps you need to take before you can uninstall: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307917
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
Can I name the new server the same as the old and give it the same IP (keeping the two servers off the network at the same time?) to avoid some of that?
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Glen KnightCommented:
No you will need to give it a new name but you can change it's IP address once your ready to.

The outlook clients will automatically pick up the new server as their mailbox serverwithout you needing to do anything.
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Narayan_singhCommented:
You cant give the same name as above as far as you want to move the things over to new exchange server , two machines with the same name can not exist in the domain, however after removing the first exchange server from the domain you can give old ip to the new server provided old records do not exist.
Few things that you need to move from old exchange server to new one are give in below article.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931
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Glen KnightCommented:
The Exchange 2003 instructions won't help you.
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Narayan_singhCommented:
There isnt much difference in Exchange 2003 and exchange 200 when it comes to removing.and if you look at the article properly it applies to Exchange 2000 as well.

These are the few things that needs to be taken care of even in Exchange 2000.

Replicate all public folders to another server
Rehome the Offline Address Book folder
Change the server that is responsible for generating the Offline Address List
Rehome the Schedule+ Free Busy folder
Rehome the Recipient Update Service
Designate another server to be the routing group master
Move mailboxes to another server
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Glen KnightCommented:
which you will see have already been covered in my previous posts!
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your help - I think what I have decided to do is to take this chance to at least upgrade the exchange system to Server 2003 / Exchange 2003.  That looks fairly strait forward since in essence this will be a new server (VM).  If I have specific questions on that path I will post again.  Thanks!
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Glen KnightCommented:
You can perform an inplace upgrade to 2003 on the existing equipment but it's probably safer to install new and then transfer over.
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