I am about to move from Exchange 2003 to 2010. they will co-exist for a time. I am still planning the move. However, a complication (at least to me) is that we plan to put the Exchange 2010 VM (vmware) at the datacenter about 100 miles or so away from the office. We are setting up a 50 MB point-to-point ethernet circuit (metro-e or e-line) from TW between the office and the datacenter.
What would be the most efficient way to move the mailboxes to the new 2010 server and also move the 2010 VM to the datacenter? Should I set up 2010 in the office, move everything from 2003, use SAN-to-SAN replication to get it over to the datacenter, then power on in the datacenter and power off in the office? If so, what would need to be done with the LAN and public static IP addresses once moved and powered on at the datacenter?
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