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Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 migration

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I have a new server on sbs 2008 with exchange 2007, and an older server with sbs2003 and exchange 2003.  I am just looking for the fastest way to export mailbox data and import to the new server.  The new server is already setup and working, only thing left is MX record changes.  I DID do some cleanup where I standardized email addresses so its first initial lastname, they had the majority of users in that scenario but not all of them.  For the one-offs that were firstname.lastname or whatever, I added that as an additional email address to the new standardized account, in case that matters (saying its not a direct 1:1 from username to username).
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by:MichaelVH
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Little question: is the SBS2008 setup in the same domain as the SBS2003 or did you set it up as a seperate server?

1. If you did a migration from SBS2003 to SBS2008:
you can move the mailboxes from one server to another using the Exchange Management Console on SBS2008.

2. If you setup a new environment you can either do an exmerg (export to PST) of all mailboxes and then import them into the new server.

Michael
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by:rhwimmers
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SStory, was just about to ask what you were smokin!  
They are actually the same domain name (name.local) although the sbs2003 is server-1 and the new one is server1.  They are COMPLETELY seperate networks though (different switch, differnt IP scheme...different different everything)!
So that being said, probably exmerge is the way to go, is that included on both and what is the procedure, guessing this will take quite some time as well?

Thanks
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I think that exmerge would be the easiest way for you.

You can get the tool from the MSFT website.
The tool allows you to export mailboxes to a PST. Just keep in mind that the user you are running it with has to have enough rights on the mailbox that needs to be exported.

ANd that's just about it. You'll find that the tool is pretty easy and straightforward to use.

Michael
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by:rhwimmers
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whats the story with exmerge and 2007?  Not compliant.
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by:MichaelVH
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rhwimmers,

if you want to import mailboxes in Exchange 2007 you'll have to use the Exchange Management Shell and the import-mailbox cmdlet.
Please take a look at this link for more information:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb629586(EXCHG.80).aspx

Sorry, I forgot to mention that in my first post.

Kind regards,

Michael
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Exmerge to export then import via EMC, worked well and pretty quick too.  Only had one user not work, no clue why (unknown error occurred) so had to do it via the outlook client and that worked.
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