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I have an Exchange server that is dying.
I will build a 2003 server standard server and load Exchange 2003.
What is the best way to get the data off the old server and bring the new Exchange 2003 install online with that data?
I have never had to recover Microsoft Exchange 2003 before so I am a newbie when it comes to this process.
I took a training class many years ago but haven't had to use the information.
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Is your old server dead or dying?

you just need a backup of your database files and mount them on the new server.
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The way I did it was simply copy the exchange database to the new server.

Stop all OldExchange services.
Remove the exchange server from AD.

Setup the new server and install exchange. (using same name as old and join it to your domain... it will be like your setting up for the first time)

Shut down the mail store and stop all exchange services on both machines

Copy the Exchange DB to the new server overwriting the new one.

Start services and you may need to change some minor settings.

When I did it it was due to a blown MB. So basically i copied the whole databse over and I was surprised it worked.

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Old server is dying  Has to constantly be rebooted.
Was installed by someone else a long time ago. It was installed on a bdc/domain controller against common practice.
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I thought you also had to copy the transaction logs?
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Not if the mail store is shutdown. When you dismount the mailstore it commits the transactions.
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If the public and private databases are in a consistent or clean shutdown state, you can move the transaction log files to another folder. To determine whether the databases are in a consistent or clean shutdown state, follow these steps:

Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

To examine the private information store, type the following:
c:\program files\exchsrvr\bin>eseutil /mh "drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\priv1.edb"

To examine the public information store, type the following:
c:\program files\exchsrvr\bin>eseutil /mh "drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\pub1.edb"

If they are consistent (state=clean) then the copy will work. If it says dirty then that means there is another issue and I would not recommend trying it until it is resolved.
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Would pop settings transfer as well?
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They did for me.
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Your connectors / settings are not part of the mail store databases.

You will need to recreate these items / settings
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I am preparing to do the change sometime this week or next I will let you know how it goes.
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If you want all your settings xferred you can simply copy paste the whole Exchsrv folder for one to the other. Just make sure that all the Exchange services are stop on both machines and personally I would backup the folder JIC.

Tried it on a test server and it copied everything.
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