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Installing an Exchange 2003 box and migrating Exchange 2000 mailboxes

Hello - I have a Windows Server 2000/Exchange 2000 physical box that has been failing lately.  Due to some other system requirements it looks like at this time I need to upgrate to Server 2003/Exchange 2003.  I am going to create a VM (VMWare VShere 4) running Server 2003 Std and Exchange 2003 (At least that is my plan).  Can someone point me to the correct instructions for setting up this Exchange 2003 box and migrating the mailboxes from the Exhcange 2000 box to this new 2003 VM.  I am familiar with the VM set up - just need the exchange setup/migration instructions.

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Glen KnightCommented:
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
We have already migrated our domain controller to Windows Server 2008.  Since we have already done that - can I skip the sections regarding doing the /forestprep and /domainprep from the server 2003 CD?   How about the steps of setup /forestprep and setup/domainprep from the Exhange 2003 CD?  I have to do those I assume?

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Glen KnightCommented:
no, you will still need to prepare the schema for Exchange 2003.
Please note that Exchange 2003 will not install on a x64 OS and it is best practice not to install it on a Domain Controller.
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
Correct, - it willb e Server 2003 Std 32-bit....   just to clarify your responsed - I DO NOT NEED to install the server 2003 forestprep & adprep items but I DO NEED TO DO the exchange schema updates?   Or do I do all of them?
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Glen KnightCommented:
If you have already a domain that is 2003 or upwards then no you do not need to do this bit.  This is assuming you are upgrading from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003 as well which of course you are not.

YOU DO however need to do the exchange schema updates.
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
One last question - (thanks for everything already!)...
since drive space won't be an issue - what do you recommend for partitioning of this new machine?  30GB for O/S (C: Drive), then another partition for Exchange?   We have about 80 email users - may grow to 125 eventually.  most are light users.   any recommendation there?   Thanks!
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Glen KnightCommented:
I guess it depends on what you have available.

I tend to put Exchange on another drive and partition my primary disk according to the OS that's being installed.
30GB is sufficient for Windows 2003 if everything else will be going on a different disk.

I tend to go around the 50GB mark for System Drives and then have the mailboxes/log files on another drive.
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
I'm reading thru some info on how large the exchange database may need to be - any ideas or recommendations for th 80-120 user size?
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Glen KnightCommented:
It's Very difficult to gage, they could all have 2GB mailboxes they could all have 2MB mailboxes.

I suggest you work out how many you could have, agree a limit you will set on all mailboxes and work it out that way, allow 150% of what you work out.

So if you have 100 users all with 2GB limits that's 200GB so allow 300GB for log files, available space for defragmentation (should you need it)
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
Currently we have a 1GB limit on all mailboxes.  Most use far less.  This is with Exchange 2000.  So 100 users * 1GB = 100 GB.  I will go with 300GB - that should give me plenty of room for growth and defragmentation if necesary, I would think.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Sounds good
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BCHCAdminAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your help!
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