Decommission exchange 2007 server, build new one in VM
Posted on 2011-05-07
We currently have a DMZ SMTP with two internal exchange 2007 servers both reside on windows 2003.
Head office = exchange01
Second Office = exchange02
We will be moving our head office exchange server to VM. We will be doing this by building a fresh VM as the current exchange server has SQL on it (I know!!!).
My plan is to build a fresh windows 2008 image intalll exchange 2007 , move mailboxes and then remove the physical exchange server. (Like Domain Controllers would I need to move roles? (Currently both servers hold all roles as far as I know). Is there a Primary Exchange server as such or can I safely decommision the physical box once my new VM is running with all mailboxes?
Are there any issues with this process? / anything to watch out for?
I realize i will need to reassign our SSL certificate. Any comments or recommendations?