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Migrating server 2003 to 2011

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On my server 2003 I have 3 accounts and 3 mailboxes. When I install a new server 2011 standard would I have to to the migration proces or can I just make 3 new ( same accounts on the new server and copie the mails and address book to the new server?
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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We need some clarification about this "accounts":

Machine accounts will keep using upgrade.
Exchange accounts, there is no direct upgrade from Exchange 2003 to... 2010, 2012? This would be a long process and require more aditional data.
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by:Felipe911
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I'm talking about 3 usersaccounts.
What additional info do you need concerning exchange?
Is this link usable?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg563803.aspx
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Malajlo earned 500 total points
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For three users dont bother with migration. Especialy if you'r dealing with SBS.

If you expect issues with client certificates (e-banking etc.) then do like:
Set up server as new AD controler, transfer all FSMO roles, GC etc., copy files.
Meanwhile export mailboxes to pst. Shutdown old server, test domain conectivity,
If everything wrks, connect old server, remove exchange (this should also clean your AD). Install new exchange. Import pst to mailboxes.

If you can, forget above, set up new domain, export mail to pst, copy files, unjoin computers, rejoin to new domain.
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by:Felipe911
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I have to use the same domain since it's a domain for the mailaccounts.
What do you mean by export mailbox to pst? You mean on de client pc's? How can I get them back into exchange?

One other question: would it be a problem to migrate from server 2003 DUTCH version to server 2011 ENGLISH version?
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by:Felipe911
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Can't I just install the server 2011 as a new server with the same domain name, create the same 2 user acoounts as before and import the client mail pst's in exchange?
When I look at the procedure of migrating, man o man, what a hassle!!
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You'll have problems with logging into domain. But yes, un-join computers from old domain, rejoin to new domain. New domain can have same name as old one, of course.
(see my last sentence)
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