how to move exchange licenses from old exchange server to new one

Greetings,

can someone please explain how I would move my exchange licenses from the old exchange server to the new one? the old exchange server is the PDC and I am about to transfer the FSMO roles to a new domain controller and would like to move the exchange licenses as well.

much appreciated
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Exchange 2003 doesn't store its licenses, hence there is nothing to "move".  You just have to make sure you have enough CALs for it.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks DrUltima. so if I transfer the FSMO roles, demote then decommission the old exchange server / PDC, I won't have any licensing issues with the new exchange server? I ask because when I go to admin tools > licensing on the old server, I see the number of exchange licenses, along with the number of server licenses, and wasn't sure how the new exchange server would see these if the old server was removed from the domain.

this old server also hosts the terminal server licenses. I am posting a question about moving those to a new server. when I post it, if you know how that is accomplished, please answer. I will post the link to that question here after I actually post it.

thanks again
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
Yes.  There are proper ways to decommission an Exchange server, though, as well as a DC.  Do you have good documentation on both processes, or are you needing further guidance?
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
DrUltima - I do have good documentation on transferring the FSMO roles. As far as uninstalling Exchange and demoting, I'll likely need further guidance. As I go through the process, I will post questions and add the links here in case you can be of assistance in those tasks. My main concern was making sure the licensing wasn't going to cause any problems when I uninstall Exchange from the old server. the new exchange server has been in production for about 8 months and no mailboxes currently reside on the old Exchange server (I have had all Exchange services disabled on the old Exchange server since putting the new one into production - all has been running well).

thanks again
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
For removing Exchange, I am assuming is your first Exchange server.  This requires a little bit of extra work.  Here is a link to a walk-through on how to do it:

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Removing-First-Exchange-2003-Server-Part1.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Removing-First-Exchange-2003-Server-Part2.html

Now, this is assuming you are maintaining versions (2003 to 2003).  If you are moving up to 2007 or 2010, there will be alternate plans:

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part1.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part2.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Transitioning-Exchange-2000-2003-Exchange-Server-2007-Part3.html

Point of note:  If you can at all manage it, don't make your Exchange server an AD server in your new environment.

DrUltima
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks so much for the quick response and great links. It is the first and was put on the PDC 5 years ago by the company that set up the network. The new Exchange server is just a member server. Both are 2003 servers.

I will post the link to my demoting / decommissioning question here so you can have the opportunity to receive more points. thanks again

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king daddyAuthor Commented:
checked out what the links stated. all good except I have one mailbox left on the old server. it must not have been missed because no one has mentioned it. it is for a tracking software for print and copy jobs on our main printers. so i guess I'll have to fire up the exchange services on the old server in order to move it over. lastly, i started getting an error a couple of months ago about the MAPI32.dll not being the right version. Can i just copy the MAPI32.dll file from the old server, rename the corrupt one on the new server, and paste the old server file on the new server? the old server file version is newer. not sure why the new server's file is older. all updates have been applied to the new one but I still get the error each time I open ESM. If you'd like me to post another question for the MAPI error, let me know.

Thanks
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
That probably should be a different Question in order to get a different set of Expert eyes to see it.  I really don't want to steer you in that one because I have not run across it before.

DrUltima
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
please disregard the comment about the email account on the old server. the software vendor just called me back and said I could just delete the old email account on the old server and make a new one on the new server, especially since it hasn't been operational in months.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks - we crossed paths on that one
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
n/p.  Glad it is not going to be a issue for you.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks again. I'll post links here to questions I ask as I go through this process.

but, to be clear, when I finally decommission the old exchange server, I do not have to do anything with the licenses on it. the new exchange server will continue to function properly regarding the licenses, correct? When I open licensing from the admin tools on the new exchange server, I get an error that the server it is querying does not have license logging service turned on. what is throwing me for a loop is that it is not querying the old exchange server that is the topic of this post; it is querying another DC.
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Justin OwensITIL Problem ManagerCommented:
You don't have to use the licensing service in Exchange 2003, you only have to be able to prove you own the licenses.  I have never installed an Exchange 2003 CAL.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Perfect.

Thanks
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