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Exchnage 2003 to a new server and different name

Hi all,
I'm about to embark on a quest to move our Exchange 2003 server to a new box.

The exsisitng exchange is sharing a server with DC/DCHP/DNS roles.  I only wish to move the Exchange role to the new server and keep the server name on the old box.

What is the best way to achieve this with minium risk and down time for the users.

Also whats the best way to point all the users to the new box about 50 in total after the move?

Thanks in advance for any guidence and I hope I have provided all the information needed.

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ManojExchange

Hello,

For this, you've to bring another system on a domain.  Below are the steps:

1)Follow the prerequisites of installing Exchange 2003
2) install Exchange with a different name.
3) Move the users to the new Exchange.

However, if you want to keep the server name same, please follow the below link:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997176(EXCHG.65).aspx

Thanks
rjunaid79

What is storage? SAN or local?

If the storage (Storage Groups) is on local drive than (Very Simple) you have to create an exchange member server on the same domain and than use the exchange system manager to move the mailboxes to newly created server. Just select the mailboxes on old server and right click to move them to new servers storage.

If your storage is on SAN and you have to use the same storage than it will be little complicated than the above option.

TalkExchange

Please refer to this

While installing Exchange Server 2003 on a domain controller is a supported operation, it is not a best practice or a generally recommended practice. As well, once Exchange Server 2003 is installed, it is not supported to change the domain controller status of the server. That is, if the server is already a domain controller, that's fine. Do not change the server to a member server. The opposite is also true - if you install Exchange Server 2003 on a member server, do not then dcpromo the server up to a domain controller.

http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/archive/2007/11/13/exchange-server-2003-and-domain-controllers-a-summary.aspx

So actually you can add another exchange server with new name and move mailboxes to it.
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