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How to backup Exchange 2010 server and safely move to another server

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I am currently running  Exchange 2003 running on Windows 2003 migrating to Exchange 2010 on a Windows 2008 R2 server.   The connection is working between the two systems.  The problem is the 2008 r2 server is having problems and I need to rebuild and I don't want to lose all my configuration or data.   How is the best way to back up and move to a different server and not lose anything.     I have Symantec 2010 if that helps.
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by:rayburnelectric
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I would suggest downloading a copy of BackUpAssist you get a 30 day trial. Backup the Exchange server while migrating. This issue is going to be the prep work of you AD for the New Exchange your going to need to back it up to. The Schema and structure changes and you cant go back once you apply it. The Backup Assist does Exchange backups on PST level and then you can use Windows backup of logfiles. I would suggest also cleaning old logfiles before doing migration and clean up old accounts, emails and general house keeping on exchange to make the migration faster.
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by:patrickmiller
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I only have test users on the Exchange 2010 server so there is not much data involved.   I had a consultant set up the system and the connector back to the Exchange 2003.   I discovered the issue on the new server (after the consultant left).   I don't want to have to pay him to come back and rebuild the new Exchange 2010 and the connector back to the old system.   Will this BackupAssist keep everything so that I don't have to reconfigure the Exchange services again?
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by:rayburnelectric
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This is about the features. Your Information Store or Message level. As far as Routing and intricate settings authorized domains and certificates I don't think this does it. Usually those have to be rebuilt before you bring back the guts on any disaster I have ever been a part of. When removing exchange from system its a huge deal for AD. I still have a few clients that their exchange 2003 went out of commission and built new 2008 and migrated PSTs to the new server and the Exchange 2003 was still ghosting in parts of the AD and the new exchange.
But to answer your question I have only backed up and retrieved from Information Store or individual mailboxes. If it was something the Consultant missed out on it might be something for him to fix on his own time. If it was like me and played too hard with something and your looking for building a new server from scratch. Its a learning process as long as your business has flowing mail you can take your time.
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GreatVargas earned 500 total points
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Two good options (if possible):

1- do a physical to virtual of your exchange 2010, if you have a virtual environment (hyper-v or vmware)

2- shut down the 2010 server and install a new one.. same name.. dont delete the ad account.. and use the /recoverserver on the installation

check this for option 2:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876880(v=exchg.141).aspx

those are the two best options. the third one will be to install a new server with a different name, but you will need to transfer the roles and functionalities to the new server. i.e if the consultant did the complete job things like the offline address book or the owa and outlook anywhere services (among others) should be pointing to the existing 2010 server. before removing that server there is some work to do changing those configurations. also you need to reconfigure the routing group connector... which is what you call the pipe from 2003 to 2010.
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