new to Windows 2008 AD

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I currently have one Windows 2003 server with Exchange 2003, all 5 FSMO roles are on this server. I need to upgrade server to support Windows 2008. What is the easiest to go about this: upgrade AD to support windows 2008 AD and move all 5 roles to new Windows 2008 server? I have a new server hardware to run windows 2008.
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can i also run exchange 2010 on this windows 2008, same hardware. One server environment.
IT Services Manager
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First, is not recommended to install Exchange on a domain controller. I would install a second server with Windows 2008, promote it as a DC and move all FSMO roles from your old DC.

You can install Exchange 2010 on that server but is NOT recommended to do that.
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i guess i can create 2 virtual machines, one as DC and another virtual machine as Exchange 2010. How do i extend 2008 AD?

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Is this what I need to do to upgrade my windows 2003 AD to support Windows 2008?


To extend the forest schema the administrator should run the following command from Windows 2008 R2 disk on SBS 2003 or Windows 2003 STD

<CD drive>:\SUPPORT\ADPREP> Adprep32.exe /forestPrep

To extend the domain schema the administrator should run the following command from Windows 2008 R2 disk on SBS 2003 or Windows 2003 STD

<CD drive>:\SUPPORT\ADPREP> Adprep32.exe /domainPrep
Stelian StanIT Services Manager

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That's correct but make sure you are running those commands on your the DC running the FSMO roles.

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when i install exchange 2010, does it create or install active sync to sync to iPhone or Android. This is very important for me. I will be inporting PST file for users into exchange 2010. Is there a tool to import pst file into mailbox?

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I want to confirm on extending AD to support WIndows 2008 AD:
1. I need to run these command from windows 2003 server right? not from windows 2008?
2. Once I extend the AD, I need to move the FSMO roles from windows 2003 server also?
Stelian StanIT Services Manager

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You need to configure active sync after install. To import the PST files into Exchange 2010: http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-2010-import-pst-files-mailboxes

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Do you have steps to install active sync? Is it similar to exchange 2003?
Stelian StanIT Services Manager

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That's correct.

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