An alternative way to migrate to new exchange server....bear with me?
Posted on 2013-10-18
OK...I am grasping at straws here, but please tell me if this is possible without too much laughing.
I am about to deploy a ROCK solid beautifully running SBS 2011 Std Server into a law firm so they can actually take full advantage of things like Sharepoint, paperless fax, etc...yada yada.
Their OLD system was SBS 2008 R2....But the ONLY thing it was used for was to connect to Exchange, no domain, no AD, no sharepoint, no fax, no NOTHING....All the client pc's are still on a workgroup.
After spending time looking at the event logs, they are a WRECK.....I've got a failing drive in a RAID 1 array (How data isn't falling apart every day I'll never know)...the Event logs are just littered with RED X's on every level...
............Bear with me........
I know that in order to migrate SBS 2008 to SBS 2011 I have to have at least a healthy source server, so this just seems like a waste at this point because the ONLY thing they're using this old box for is EMAIL. (That i've since moved to godaddy unlimited pop3 accounts just because the old email host shut his doors) They have OLD email ost files from exchange also, but they're just some internal chatter emails, nothing important at all compared to client emails they get to their pop3 accounts. All the important data is on a .pst file which is stored on the local client.
Honestly, the ONLY thing left that they are using Exchange for is the shared Calendar now that I think of it.
So here's my thoughts: I want to keep my NEW SBS 2011 install nice and shiny, and I would rather not touch the old 2008 box.
My big question...
Can I REVERSE sync the data from each client's PST file BACK into the new exchange server once they connect?
(There aren't that many users, but they do have alot of email, so time is not my concern as much as staying away from that old box)
My example scenerio...
I bring the new domain online, and do the \\connect wizards to connect the users to SBS...Now SBS 2011 is supposed to import ALL the user data into the user profile (I don't know if it imports the Outlook data files as well, but I'd like to think it does?)
At that point wouldn't the server back sync from each person's PST file? Or is there a way to toggle it to sync the data from the client back to Exchange?
Does this make sense?
I know it's NOT the way it's supposed to be done, but could it be done so as to just turn off that old server and let it die rather than try and spend God knows how long trying to get it ready for data migration.
Who's with me!?!?!?!