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Setup a new 2003 server to migrate stores to get them off our DC.  The new server is setup as a member server in our domain.  Will run replication process for the Public Folders and then move mailboxes.  Is there anything I should watch out for and do I need to login to each client and change the Outlook settings or will they re-home to the new server?

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Hi,

There should be no major issues. Is the idea that you will eventually un-install Exchange from the DC or at least shut down the Exchange services on the DC?

You need to make sure that along with rehoming the public folders you need to move the RUS, OAB, free busy, etc. Also I would move a couple of mailboxes to the new server and test everything first then move the others.

If you keep the Exchange services running on the DC you do not need to update the clients as they will automatically re-direct when the Outlook client is started as long as they can still communicate with Exchange on the DC.

This article has a good overview of everything you need to do to move Exchange off the first Exchange server in your Org.

How to remove the first Exchange Server 2003 computer from the administrative group
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931

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Ok thanks.
If at some point in the future I want to shut down exchange services on the DC do I have to then re-direct the Outlook clients or would those settings be saved permanently?  Also, would it cause any performance issues if I were to leave Exchange on the DC, but with the services shutdown - for D/Recovery purposes?
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Once the clients are updated its saved in their Outlook profile. If it were me I would migrate, test, monitor, shutdown the Exchange services on the DC, monitor and test some more and then remove Exchange from the DC. But it should not cause any perf issues leaving it there.
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