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upgrading exchange 2007 to exchange 2010

looking for advice on upgrading an exchange 2007 sp1 server which is running on a 2003 virtual server.
would it be better to build a new 2010 server to run along side the 2007 server and move users over at leisure or upgrade original server.
looking for any tips and advice
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redeinternaCommented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is what you want....

How to Upgrade Single Server Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 In 2 Hours

http://www.commodore.ca/windows/exchange/how_to_upgrade_exchange_2007_to_exchange_2010_in_2hours.htm
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
But yes, you are correct you install a new Exchange 2010 server in the domain, and move over the mailboxes, roles, and public folders, and then decomission correctly, by removing from the Organisation.
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Moving to 2010 is better. You will have lot of additional features like DAG a new HA feature. How to do it. Check below guide. You can follow any guide. But i highly recommend you to check below also.

http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/upgrade-from-exchange-2007-to-exchange-2010---part-1/
http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/upgrade-exchange-2003-to-exchange-2010---part-ii/

Secondly, you must check with MS regarding the license. If they can give you any discount for 2010.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
i would like to keep the same name
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
same name of the new server?
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
You cannot keep the same name for new server. You ask for advise. Read below for more detail

http://www.windowsitpro.com/whitepaper/exchange-server/exchange-2010-an-upgrade-worth-considering-135779?code=EPDedHPMSEXCI2AWP01_P3M1

You need to sign-up before downloading it
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
yes same name of the existing server
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to move from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010, you need to perform what Microsoft calls a transition, which is a move to new hardware (or virtual machines).

So and in-place upgrade cannot be performed, and because of this, you will need to create a new server and name.

The other alternative is, you backup all your mail, export to PST files, destroy the current server and shutdown and remove from Active Direcory, create a new server with the same name, and install a fresh new copy of Exchange 2010, re-create all the mailboxes, connect and re-import email.

I'm not entirely convinced this would work, because of the integration with Exchange into the Active Directory strucutrue.
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
any tips on drive partitions and memory
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
For memory check this
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd346700.aspx

For drive partition.

Use RAID 1 for Logs and RAID 5 or RAID 10 for DB's
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