Best method to replace Physical Exchange Server 2003 with Hyper-V Virtual Machine of same on Server 2008
Posted on 2010-08-30
I am looking for advice on the best way to accomplish a project, as follows:
Our organization runs on a single domain, the DC is Server 2003. We have Exchange 2003 running by itself on a Server 2003 machine which is pretty much out of physical hard drive space, and very old. We have a couple of huge Server 2008 R2 machines that we are now running Hyper-V Virtual machines on, all Server 2008 R2, for file server, SQL, Web Server, Etc.
I want to set up a VM for Exchange Server 2003 so that I can move everything from the old Exchange server to it, replacing the old machine which would be retired at that time.
My questions are:
1. Should I set up a Server 2003, or a Server 2008 VM to run Exchange 2003 on? I know we are licensed already for Server 2003, but will it run as a VM with no problem?
2. Is ths as simple as creating a Server 2003 or 2008 VM, then installing Exchange 2003 on it with a dfferent name than the existing Exchange server, then moving mailboxes, exporting / inmporting settings, pointing our email from the outside to the new Exchange Server, and finally pointing everyone's Outlook at the new Exchange Server?
Any and all advice is appreciated - thanks!