Move mailboxes from sbs2003 to sbs2008

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I have read most of the posts and have a couple of questions:  I have 6 mailboxes that I need to move from sbs2003 to sbs2008:
1.  If I use exmerge to export the mailboxes to pst files on sbs2003, can I save them to a directory on the sbs2008 box for import?
2. Exactly how do I use the cmdlet to import them on sbs2008?  I am going to recreate the Active Directory with the same names from sbs2003 - will the cmdlet do the job for me?
3.  Since both servers are going to have the same name, I assume that the sbs2008 server should be on a different network until it is up and running and then I can change the ip address; is that correct?
Thanks for your help.
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AkhaterSolutions Architect

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1. why are you creating another domain? why not simply upgrade from 2003 to 2008 ?
2. yes you can use exmerge to export the mailboxes however to import them you will need to prepare a station running windows 32 bits, outlook and the 32 bits managemnet console of exchange 2007 to be able to import them. you cannot import them from sbs server.
Once you have this proceed as follows http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/04/13/437745.aspx
3. finally yes it is correct better have them on different network until the migration is done

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1.  New server machine which will have sbs2008 installed - I would like to have the same domain/server name as the sbs2003 for continuity
AkhaterSolutions Architect

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SBS can do this without the need to all the trouble, kindly read

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52b7ea63-78af-4a96-811e-284f5c1de13b

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(I'm sorry - I hit the enter key before I was finished)
1.  New server machine which will have sbs2008 installed - I would like to have the same domain/server name as the sbs2003 for continuity  - going to reformat the sbs2003 as Server 2008 after and use a a backup server on domain
2.  "you will need to prepare a station running windows 32 bits, outlook and the 32 bits managemnet console of exchange 2007 to be able to import them. you cannot import them from sbs server."  -- Can I use a Win 7 32bit machine to do this or does it have to be XP?  
3. So, if I install the management tools on the computer and connect computer to same network as sbs2008 server (with the exported pst files (from sbs2003 server) on computer in folder then do I just do the following command: Import-Mailbox -Identity <mailboxUser> -PSTFolderPath <PSTFileLocation> to get the information onto the sbs2008 server?
4.  What is it that I do with Outlook?

Thanks for your help  
AkhaterSolutions Architect

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I really dont advise you to go this way, just read the guide i gave you and you will be able to do a smooth migration without any iterreption nor export-import

Author

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OK, but I only want to move the 6 mailboxes, not anything else
AkhaterSolutions Architect

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what do you want to do with the rest ?

just delete them

Author

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We do not host our own email - There are only 6 mailboxes on the exchange server (people with iPhones).  Therefore, the rest of the users boxes will be recreated from scratch since there is little or no data in them anyway.  I plan the recreate the Active Directory as opposed to exporting the existing one - chance to do a through cleanup.
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ok in that case let's revert to scenario 1

2.  "you will need to prepare a station running windows 32 bits, outlook and the 32 bits managemnet console of exchange 2007 to be able to import them. you cannot import them from sbs server."  -- Can I use a Win 7 32bit machine to do this or does it have to be XP?  

i never tried it from windows 7 but it would work from Vista

3.  So, if I install the management tools on the computer and connect computer to same network as sbs2008 server (with the exported pst files (from sbs2003 server) on computer in folder then do I just do the following command: Import-Mailbox -Identity <mailboxUser> -PSTFolderPath <PSTFileLocation> to get the information onto the sbs2008 server?
yes just provided that user has a mailbox

4. for outlook just configure it to connect to the new exchange

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Thanks for your patience and help - this looks like something I can follow and make work.
AkhaterSolutions Architect

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thanks, if you have more questions do not hesitate to update the thread

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