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Exchange 2003 moving to Exchange 2010

I currently have a exchange 2003 server, running on Windows 2000 SP4. the Active Directory connector is 2003. I am going to purchase new server hardware and install Exchange 2010 on it. What is the best way to implement the new exchange 2010 server? the new server will be running on Server 2008 R2.

Also from reading about exchange 2010, some people use multiple servers for each role. Do I need to have more than 1 server? The server I have will be pretty robust and plenty of memory.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Impossible to answer your second question.
That is like asking what is the best car for me to buy, but failing to mention you have six kids and live half way up a mountain.

ADC isn't required with Exchange 2003, that was an Exchange 5.5 function. Therefore if you have the ADC installed you will need to remove it.
Is Exchange installed on a domain controller?

As for "best way" to implement Exchange 2010, there is only one way. Build new server, migrate data, move mailboxes.
Personally though I would recommend engaging a consultant to assist you. Mistakes made at implementation stage are difficult to undo later on, and a good consultant can ensure that errors are not made.

donebertAuthor Commented:
Makes Sense, The current Exchange 2003 server is not on a domain controller. All of my servers our Windows 2008 R2.  I guess I was planning on installing Exchange 2010 on all new hardware and Windows 2008 R2 platform. Planning on getting that up and running and then basically move the mailboxes over. But from reading some articles the new exchange server should be ran on multiple servers? I wanted to know if it's possible or a bad idea to have Exchange 2010 all on 1 box.
If you have a small user base best to do a swing migration that wont effect downtime for your users.

See this: http://exchange.sembee.info/2010/install/migration.asp
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donebertAuthor Commented:
We have about 200 users
Yep 1 server is perfect for you - You can have all the roles on one.
Just have a good backup plan.
donebertAuthor Commented:
I do, We use barracuda for backup
We have about 320 users and just migrated from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. We have all roles on 1 server now. If you have any questions regarding the migration, feel free to contact  me.

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