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Moving from Exchange 2007 (SBS 2008) to Exchange 2007 (Server 2008 R2)

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Hi Everyone,

I am working on a migration  from an SBS 2008 Environment (Exchange 2007 SP3) to a Server 2008 R2 Environment (Exchange 2007 SP3). The new environment is two Servers - One for DC/ File Services/etc and the other Server Exchange 2007 SP3. The migration of the DC/ File Services/ FSMO's is straight forward to the first server.

However when I run the installation of Exchange 2007 on the second Server it does not pick up the First Server (SBS 2008) Organization and asks me to enter an name for the Exchange Organization. I thought as this was a second exchange server in the domain it would pick up this information itself (from AD).  

Just wondering if anyone has done this before and have any pointers. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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by:suriyaehnop
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By default adding addtional Exchange serve to existing domain, the installation will asking do you want to create a new Exchange org or join to existing Exchange Org.

Is the server already join to existing domain? Has the server able to ping DC on existing domain?
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Hi Suriyaehnop,

The Second Server is added to the SBS Domain and can Ping (both by IP and DNS Name) the server. I can ping in both directions. I also thought that when you add a second exchange server it would ask me about the existing environment but it didn't, it just asked me to enter an Organization Name. Does the second server need to be in any particular groups to add?

And thanks for the reply, much appreciated.
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Hi amitkulshrestha,

So I create a new Organization Name and then Move the Mailboxes to the new organization.

Thanks for the response also.
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Please check the link posted above...Also want to know, if you added new server into SBS Domain or whether you create separate domain all together and then planning for migration.
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by:brianquin
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Just reading through the link now. I have added the two new servers to the domain, one as a DC and the other a member server (running Server 2008 R2). Everything is under the same domain (single domain, single forest).
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Then you should not get the option to enter org name. It should be picked up automatically.
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OK, just rebooted all the servers for a second time and installation is now working. The second server has found the organization and is running through installation. I will look through the setup and event logs again see of there is something I missed.

Thanks for the help with this, I greatly appreciate it. This one seems to have resolved itself.
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Great...
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Reboot solved the issue for me.
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