WIndows Server 2003 / Exchange 2003 Installation with problems switch to SBS 2008
Posted on 2011-03-09
we are facing the following situation.
A windows 2003 servers with Exchange 2003 enterprise and 10 user accounts is at its end and should be replaced with a new server. Physical limit are reached, software installation is outaged and savaged.
SBS 2008 would be a very good solution for the company.
Due to a crash of the old server that occured in January 2011 Acrtive Directory is not working properly.
A few of the attached workstations and laptop can only login by disattaching the network cable during the authentication process as the backup that was restored was more than 3 month old.
Beside that there are 2 exchange databases. One is crashed and has a size of 109 GB as well as the streaming file size.
The second database is 65 GB of size and is missing 3 month of email data.
The former administrator is not longer acitve and can not be asked what happened exactly.
The preferred procedure should be to have a new Domain Controller and a fresh user setup.
Special care has to be taken of the mailboxes.
My favorite plan was to extract all active users mailboxes with Outlook at one dedicated PC to get rid of all the stuff that might have blown up the database.
I am aware the overall mailbox limit might not be larger than 72 GB on EX2K7.
Is it possible to attach a second database and have users splitted among these databases?
Any preferred archiving solutions in case that this does not work?
To minimize the total amount of work to do it would be really appreciated to transfer the current user profiles to the new environment.
What is the best way to do this? Or are there any ways to do a proper migration.
In a product trailer of SBS 2011 there was a wizard that guided through the process of merging a client machine to the domain and transfering all the client informtation to the new domain.
The most necessary information would be files, favorites, outlook and office settings (signatures, autotext etc.) , favorites nk2-files etc.
Your help would be very much appreciated here!