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Windows Server and Exchange Upgrade Project - Server 2003 to Server 2012, Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

Hi Guys,

We have 2 servers in our environment.

1. Windows Server 2003 running Active Directory, Domain controller, DHCP
2. Windows Server 2003 with Exchange 2003, also a Domain controller, DHCP

Now we have purchased Windows Server 2012 licenses and will perform an in-place upgrade and transfer of FSMO roles etc., so my question is really regarding Best practices.

Am I correct in following this plan?

1. Firstly upgrade Windows Server 2003 to 2012 servers and make it the primary and only DC.
2. Install Windows 2008 on the second server (because 2012 is not compatible with Exch 2010) and perform an exchange in-place upgrade to Exchange 2010. Also I will not be making it a DC or DHCP server.

One more question I have is -

Can someone post steps for upgrading Server 2003 to Server 2012 and also Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2012 (on server 2008 or 2012)

Thanks for your help.
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Exchange 2010 isn't supported on Windows 2012, so all of the workarounds and other theories that are being presented in various places around the internet are a waste of time. Call Microsoft for support and they will just say not supported and end the call. Exchange 2010 SP3 should be supported on Windows 2012.

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@sembee2

Re: Exchange - Sorry I don't know the terminology but all I know is that I have done this sort of exchange migration once before. I will read your link this weekend?
When will Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 SP3 be released? I would really like to be able to use Server 2012 if possible.

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We are using Standard edition across the board.
Can we not upgrade server 2003 to 2012 by doing a ADPREP, DCPROMO and then transfer FSMO roles across.
I clearly remember being able to do this in the past with Server 2003 to Server 2008 R2. Why should Server 2012 be any different?
Exchange 2013 has been RTM, and you can download the trial version. ALthough various clients say that you cannot purchase the licences for it. So you could deplpy the trial version and then purchase later and enter the key. The trial verion runs for 90 or 120 days (I cannot remember).

Exchange 2010 SP3 doesn't have a release date.

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Hi Sembee,

We have already purchased Exchange 2010 open license last month and it was without any software assurance, so I am unsure if Microsoft will allow a free version upgrade :(
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@CTCRM - Still waiting for your response mate.
If you have only purchased it recently you may well be able to add Software Assurance. Speak to your software vendor, as you have a certain window available when you can add it.

The path that you have outlined for the domain upgrade is what I would do. I haven't seen anything to indicate another method must be used.

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Hi Simon,

But CTCRM says we cannot upgrade straight from 2003 to 2012. Do you have a proper procedure fo rthis written somewhere?

Re: Exchange - I will check on this and get back to you.
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Hi Simon,

Still waiting to hear back from you on the above.
Called the supplier and they said we cannot add Software assurance later. They say it should've been bought together with the license.
According to this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2009/03/13/9473334.aspx
You can return licences and get them reissued. If your vendor isn't able to do that, then speak to Microsoft direct. NEVER EVER take the supplier's word for it, because they often do get it wrong, either out of ignorance, or because they want to sell something else.

It is correct that you cannot go straight to Exchange 2013 from 2003, but that doesn't stop you from deploying Exchange 2010 now and then moving to the newer version later.
Or did you mean Windows version? As far as I am aware you can go straight with that as well.

For example, with Server 2012 you can do a DAG on Stnadard edition of both Windows and Exchange, with Server 2008 R2 you need Enterprise edition of WIndows.

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Hi Sembee,

I think most likely we will not go to Exchange 2013 now but it is worth for me finding out about Software assurance like you say. Thanks for that.

My second question is unrelated to exchange. I am just asking how I go about upgrading Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers to Windows 2012 domain controllers. If you have a procedure that would be really helpful.
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any luck guys?
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guys?
You realise that you cannot "bump" questions on this site? You can post as much as you like, but the only people who get notifications are those that have already subscribed. I personally don't know about the DC upgrade to Windows 2013 enough to post further, that is one of the problems with being on the bleeding edge.

Simon.
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Still waiting to finalise Exchange installation. Admins please be patient
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Hi Guys,

Windows 2003 to Windows 2013 DC migration was no different to doing a 2003-2008 migration.
I have left it at Exchange 2010 now. Distributor said we cannot get Exchange 2012 and I didn't wanna be guinea pig either to be one of the first people to migrate to Exchange 2013.
Thanks for your help. Doing a point split here.