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i receive one project to migrate Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 i have to provide one questionare to customer to know his technical arcitecture  can someone please help me which type of questions we have to ask to know his archtecture and furture requirement.
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Based on the following article you can setup a lot of questions as it explains what needs to be done in order to do the upgrade from exchange 2003 to 2010.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd638130.aspx

Hope this helps!!!
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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You could also have a look at the following url as it explains more of the requirements so it would be easier to compile questions based on this site: http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/upgrade-exchange-2003-to-exchange-2010/
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by:Yogesh_Exchange_Expert
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these are something like belong to technical aspects my concern is i want to know the setup and new requirement of customer through one questinare.
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by:Yogesh_Exchange_Expert
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will below things are ok to ask customer or i need to add any thing else.

•      List of exchange servers with their version and service pack information.
•      Information over gateway level mail relay devices or agents along with any anti-spam device at the gateway level.
•      Information over number of mailboxes, Storage Groups, databases in the environment along their Naming convention.
•      Information of Database Paths, Log file Paths and system paths for Storage Groups in the exchange organization  
•      Do public folders exist in the organization? If yes the Database Paths, Log file Paths and system paths are needed.
•      Information over maximum message size needs to be allowed for external and internal mail flow.
•      Information over mailbox size per user in the exchange organization.
•      Configuration information over web directories configured in Exchange Frontend servers  
•      Information over size of public and mailbox stores (including number of mailboxes per store).
•      Information over all/any redirections configured at exchange published URL’s e.g. http://mail.abc.com is configured to be directed at https://mail.abc.com/exchange and a short template over what are steps being followed in the organization at present to join a new user in exchange system and how outlook profile is being configured at present.
•      Information over principle name and alternative names (SAN names) used in certificates for exchange publishing along validity of exchange of current exchange certificates.
•      Information over services which are used by exchange users in day to day activities presently i.e. POP, IMAP, OWA, outlook anywhere, OMA and auto discover etc.
•      Configuration Information of any internal or external mail relay domains along with any custom connectors configured --  as applicable
•      Configuration Information of any Remote domains configured -- as applicable.
•      Connectivity diagram of exchange and AD architecture in the organization along their connectivity with other mail/Web Gateways and Load balancers.

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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Looks good, also include Redundancy requirements.

1. Do you require redundancy on your CAS Server (CAS Array)
2. Do you require redundancy on your Mailbox Server (DAG)

Both of these will require additional servers.
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by:Yogesh_Exchange_Expert
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i have added some more points

•      Type of Recipient policies and the primary emails ids used for users.
•      Any considerations for VIP users their Mailbox quotas, External- Internal emails flow limits and naming convention of their storage groups with database size.
•      Backup Strategy
•      List of exchange servers with their version and service pack information.
•      List of Domain controllers, their naming conventions and their windows version.
•      List of DNS servers in the environment and their zone configuration details
•      The Active Directory forest forest functionality mode.
•      Outlook Versions with their service pack information used by users.
•      Certificate information which is used by Exchange Servers.
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by:Hendrik Wiese
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Also find out when the current certificate will expire so you know if you should include a SSL UCC certificate.
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by:Yogesh_Exchange_Expert
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any thing else do i need to enter.
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Hendrik Wiese earned 2000 total points
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That seems fine to me.
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