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Migrating mail from Server 2003 to SBS 2008, will the clients auto-update ?

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Hi Guys,

We're currently installing a new SBS2008 box to replace 2 Windows 2003 standalone servers one of which holds Exchange 2003. We are going to migrate the mailboxes over to the new server but once this is done then will the clients auto-update to the new server (i.e will they know to get mail from the new server instead of the existing one ?)

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Outlook 2007 client will automatically take the new server settings but for outlook 2003 you need to manually set the profiles

Hope this helps.
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Exchange 2007 and 2010 have new feature Autodiscover

im not sure with clients that have outlook already configured. New Outlook client will query Active Directory for the Autodiscover information.

Have a read here
Part 1:
http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/exchange-autodiscover.html

Part 2:
http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/exchange-autodiscover-part2.html

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Thanks,
Is there a way to automate the re-direction of the Outlook 2003 profiles or do i have to manually do this on each ?
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I think you will have to do it manually .
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or update clients to Outlook 2010 or 2007
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There is a way if you refer this :
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchange2010/thread/67d63227-4bd7-43e2-9b84-836243e04a6a/

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For outlook 2007 client, it will detect the change itself, restart the outlook , everything will be OK.
For outlook 2003 or eariler version, you have to change the profile to point to new server manully.

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Thanks Viralrathod,
I've read through that link and it says that all Outlook 2003 users should be auto re-directed to the new server as long as the old server is still there on the network. Can anyone confirm if this is the case ?
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All the clients including Outlook 2003 auto updated as long as we left the old server on for a few days so all went well.
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Thanks for the update and points ,Have a greate day.
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