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Upgrading 2003 Exchange to 2010 Exchange

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Our exchange box is pretty old as far as hardware, so we decided to purchase a DELL Poweredge server and 2008 Server OS Standard + Exchange 2010.

So far this is what I've done:
Installed OS and ran updates

I've been trying to find video to watch on how to do the upgrade process I know technet has some documentation but Im kind of a visual learner.

Any ideas on how or what the next step will be. The old 2003 Exchange is runnning on a 2003 Server OS, btw.

Thanks
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Are you installing the hub/cas/mailbox 2010 roles on the same server?  Using an edge server? You'll need to purchase a SAN cert for your new Exchange server.  MSExchange.org has some pretty good upgrade tutorials with step by step instructions and screenshots.  Best for a single site install.
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It would a single site install correct with all the roles on this server until I can talk into them another poweredge for backup
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You need to purchase a SAN cert to cover all your names you'll need for the 2010 server, ie autodiscover.yoursite.com, legacy.yoursite.com (if you are planning to slowly migrate), servername, externalmail.yoursite.com.  You won't be able to install an edge server.  It needs to be in a DMZ, but if you have a smarthost in that can take the place of the edge server.  The install is really easy.  You'll need to install a series of patches before you can install 2010 w/sp1.  Read Jaap Wesselius step by step tutorial. You can just install all the roles on the exchange 2010 server now, update the self-signed cert, and then you'll need to do some post install steps with the OAB and Free/Busy public folders and recipient policies.  If you don't have a lot of users or large mailboxes, I would suggest you migrate all at once, bypassing the need for using "legacy.yoursite.com" (Exchange 2010 just passes e2k3 request to the frontend.  Then you can have E2k10 take over the send connector and modify or create another receive connector and you'll be set.  
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Great link Akhater,

i'm following that pdf, but Im in the install phase now and got a few questions not answered in the pdf.

Exchange CD is in...configuring installation
1.) Client Access Server setup.... Do I need this .. we will have clients accessing our mail outside the school using phones
2.) mail flow settings,... if I have a current 2003 exchange box running, is this the server i point to or the new server im setting up?
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1.) Client Access Server setup.... Do I need this .. we will have clients accessing our mail outside the school using phones
   yes you need a CAS server

2.) mail flow settings,... if I have a current 2003 exchange box running, is this the server i point to or the new server im setting up?
it depends on what you want to handle your mail flow, sooner or later it should be the 2010
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ok waiting on exchange media, the ISO image was corrupt, will update as soon as I get this
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tx for the update
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Still waiting
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installing now, media can in
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installed, looks  like 2010 is synched with 2003 Server

Id like to have the 2003 server as a back up and can this be done?
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No it cannot be done sorry
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So I need to just have the 2010 box running only and retire the 2003
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Yes the links i gave you should help you out for the decomission
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im on the OWA section of your document, and i'm seeing some powershell  cmds i need to run but where do i start with that. i open how to open up powershell but then what? go to the exchange directory, tried pasting the commdns in  but didnt work
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you need to open exchange management shell and not powershell
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well shoot I'm stuck....
Im trying to work on this certificate from a trusted CA and I'm trying to get the LDAP location for my new email server, been following the document line by line... but I'm stumped

When I do an LDAP  request on the server this is what Im getting...

C:\Users\administrator>DSquery Computer -name "exmailsrv"
'DSquery' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.


 
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In a video I watch it showed them doing a DCPROMO on this document you run the prep cmds, same thing?

i guess it's Key Sensitive here is my LDAP
"CN=EXMAILSRV,CN=Computers,DC=campus,DC=woodlandspreparatory,DC=org"


So how should my request look, here is the example:

$Data = New-ExchangeCertificate -FriendlyName 'Exchange Cert' -GenerateRequest -PrivateKeyExportable $true -KeySize '2048' -SubjectName 'C=IN,S="MH",L="PN",O="Exchange Messaging",OU="Enterprise Messaging",CN=mail.exchange.com' –DomainName 'exchange2010.exchange.com','mail.exchange.com','exchange.com','autodiscover.exchange.com,’anywhere.exchange.com' -Server 'EXCHANGE2010'
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Ive recreate the Certificate, what CA do you use?
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I went with GEOTRUST, now I see what she was talking about SAN Certificate which we purchased.
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I am sorry you totally lost me, what is the question?
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I had a question on types of CA but I found one. Waiting for Certificate to be sent back
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on the 2010 box, does the mailbox have to be mounted?
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Yes of course
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You are sure you picked up the correct answer? I have been aswering all your questions
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