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New Exchange 2007 installation after exchange server 2000 fail ?

Hallo experts

unfortunatelly, I have big problem. One of my Exchange 2000 servers failed down today to the blue screen (error, which I am not able to solve now - INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE). This server serves only for exchange 2000, so I would like to ask you, if its possible to install new exchange 2007 on other working server and then somehow import data from exchange 2000 to the new exchange 2007? I have full backup of exchange information store, also I can get to the disk data of failed server. Or is there any way to install exchange 2007 without runing old exchange 2000 server?

thanks for all hints and guides, it will be very appreciated

anyway, I wish all the best to the new year
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AndrejArdan
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tusharnextgenCommented:
There is no inplace upgrade to exchange 2007.

If you dont want to build exchange 2000 even though in order to have the database with you.

You have to build test exchange 2000 server in test lab with same server name and organization name and can export mailbox in pst using exmerge and then you could install exchange 2007 in your enviroment and import the pst.
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AndrejArdanAuthor Commented:
Would it be possible to export all mailboxes to the .pst from outlooks (all clients has offline .ost files) and than simply install new exchange 2007 on the new server? would new server work normally even tough there is one (failed) exchange 2000 server in active directory organization? the new exchange 2007 has to have the same mail domain as old.
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tusharnextgenCommented:
yes you could export all mailboxes from outlook. make sure you are starting outlook in offline mode and then export it to .pst after that you can install additional Exchange 2007 server and import the .pst using import-mailbox command.

Yes you have to remove old exchange 2000 server from the AD once you are sure that exchange 2007 is working fine.

Dont forget to create public folder hierarchy folder in adsiedit for exchange 2007.
also you need to redirect your dns entry on isp towards this exchange 2007 server.

Please refer following link once you install exchange 2007 and import all the pst to before removing exchange 2000 completely from Active Directory

How to Remove the Last Legacy Exchange Server from an Organization
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb288905(EXCHG.80).aspx

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HeshamMousaCommented:
please use the following instructions to recover your envirnment and migrate to Exchange 2007
1- install a new fresh windows on any machine and use the old Exchange 2000 computer name
2- re-install Exchange 2000 using the setup.exe /disasterrecovery switch
3- update Exchange 2000 with same service packs and patches as the old Exchange 2000 server
4- perform a restore for the database from your backup
5- install exchange 2007***
 
if you need hints on how to install exchange 2007 please inform me
 
Best Regards
Hesham Mousa
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AndrejArdanAuthor Commented:
thanks all for answers, but I must ask...

to HeshamMouse:
1. can I install exchange 2000 on any OS, or rather I have to use the same as on old server? or I can simply use any windows OS? also, I predict, that I have to put it into domain, will it be ok even tough there is already one server in AD organization with this name? I plan create new machine for this purpose on the WMware server I have ready for new Exchange server.

2. unfortunatelly, I have never been recovering damaged exchange, so please, can you explain me how /disasterrecovery switch exactly works? I have full (database & logs) backup of exchange server made by Symantec Backup exec.

3. this I understand :)

4. shall I make restore of the full server, or only database ? and shall I make restore to the new temporal server or onlymdbdata files to some location?

What regards new installation of Exchange 2007 server, I hope that these articles will help me, but if you have some more, plese, give me know.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-Exchange-2007-Part1.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-Exchange-2007-Part2.html
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125143%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx

thanks a lot for all help, this server is very important

regards

Andrej
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HeshamMousaCommented:
Hi Andrej
please find my answer dor your points
1- it is preferred to use the same OS as the old exchange 2000 server also try to use the same patch/service pack level.
2- use the following article to do the (DisasterRecovery) operation but ignore the move database part - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297289
3- you just need to restore the databases and the logs on the server
Note: you are not restoring just files for the database and logs, the restore operation contacts the information store service and then start to inject the data into it to begin writing a new database file.
4- for Exchange 2007 installation you can' use the straight froward articles as its a transitioning scenario not a green field implementation
5- use the instructions in the following links to ensure a smooth transitioning process
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part1.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part2.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part3.html
Best Regards
Hesham Mousa
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AndrejArdanAuthor Commented:
Thanks, one little question before I start the recovery

Can I also restore system state from backup tape to the new hardware, or it can be only use on the same hardware. Unfortunatelly, I have note ever tried to restore system state, but I assumed, that if I do it on the new hardware, I could get the same system settings like on the old server.

just question, thanks a lot
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HeshamMousaCommented:
you'll get the same old settings on the exchange server after using the /DisasterRecovery switch and don't restore system state as you told me before that you are utilizing a virtual machine for the restore process so it is considered as a dissimilar hardware and will cause dump screen for the installed OS
Note: All Exchange Server settings are stored in the Active Directory Configuration Partition except for the IIS settings.
Best Regards
Hesham Mousa
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AndrejArdanAuthor Commented:
Thanks you Hesham for help, it looks like exchange 2000 is working on the temoral hardware quite fine (finally, I decided to put it on physical computer, because my backup is performed by Symantec Backupexec and we do not have bought agent for VMware, so I would not be able to restore information store to the VM guest).

Anyway, I have little problem with temoral exchange 2000 server. No outlook clients can synchronize mailboxes with the new server, even tought it says, that "all folders are synchronizes properly" and connection to the exchange server is online. I can send emails but I did not see received emails (I know that they come to the server, because I see in on the firewall SMTP log). It works after I create new profile and connect to the new server again to synchronize the mailobox, from this time all works fine, sending ang recieving emails. Do not you know about the other way how to do it? if not I will have to do it manually on all 30+ clients (its not so much, but if there is the way how to do in automatically, I would be very greatfull). The new server has exactly the same name and IP adress.

So first part is behind me and tomorrow I will be installing Exchange 2007 :)

thanks again

Andrej
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HeshamMousaCommented:
First i think you can use ur backup exec to restore exchange database as the vmware license is not required in your scenario because the backup exec agent will contact the information store service just like the physical server.
Second users must restart their outlook client to take effect also you need to restore all the database before connecting users so that their mailboxes can be in sync again
third to apply a new profile settings to users using automated way (i.e. group policy) you can create a prf script and publish it as a logon script for all users, you can find the how-to steps in the following link
http://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/prf.htm
Best Regards
Hesham Mousa
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