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Exchange 2010 upgrade with Server 2003 DC

Hello Experts,

I am running a 2003 R2 domain controller which is the only DC and a seperate Box with Server 2003 and Exchange 2003. I would like to upgrade Exchange to Exchange 2010 by exporting the mailboxes and installing a new box with Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010.

My Question is, should I transition the Domain to 2008 R2 first before I introduce the Exchange 2010 box or does it make to difference and fine if I transition to a 2008R2 PDC later?
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JohnnyD74
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
You can install Exchange 2010 with 2003 DC also. Please check below article, it has all the steps.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/47632
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aoakeleyCommented:
As amitkulshrestha says; no need to export mailboxes. Just add a Exchange 2010 server to the domain and do a mailbox move. Piece of cake.

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JohnnyD74Author Commented:
Thanks Folks! Just what I needed to know.
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JohnnyD74Author Commented:
One more thing. I would like to name the new server the same "dds3" as the old server 2003 box. Will I have any issues with changing the name of the old exchange 2003 server fist before the migration?
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Keep old server as it is. Install new server with new name.
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JohnnyD74Author Commented:
Is there any way I can keep the same name?
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aoakeleyCommented:
This should really be a new Q now. But there is no supported way to change server name once exchange is installed. If you really want new server to have same name.
1. Install temp exchange 2003 server (tempserver)
2. Move all mailboxes to temp server
3. Make sure everybody has connected outlook at lease once to new server.
4 decommission original server
5 install new 2010 server
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JohnnyD74Author Commented:
Thanks!!!
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