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Migrating Exchange 2007 on Windows 2003 to Windows 2008R2 on VmWare ESxi 5.1

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I am currently migrating Exchange 2007 on W2003 (also a DC)to W2008R2 on a vm.
I wont go into the politics of why I cant go straight to Exchange 2010 or 2013  -long story.
Ill explain the set up before I ask any questions.
Current Exchange 2007 sits on a physical W2003 64 bit with the information stores on our Netapp.
I have installed a W2008R2  VM with Exchange 2007 on it, AD has synced over what it needs.
On the new server I have installed Snapdrive , Snap Manager for Exchange and single mailbox recovery , the same as the old Exchange Server.
Im not that savvy with esxi at the moment I need to do some training so I apologize if I ask redundant or silly questions.

What are the steps I should take from here in regards to pointing Exchange at the Information datastores on the LUNS.
I would like to just test with the IT department first.
Can 2 Exchange Servers share the luns? Or do I need to unmount from one first?
I realise I then need to demote the DC side of things and then uninstall the old Exchange.

Any help is much appreciated !!!
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You cannot just point the new Exchange server at the old databases. Even if you could, I wouldn't want to.
Ignore the fact that it is a SAN - create new storage and disks and do a straight migration, which means new databases and move the mailboxes. Zero risk and zero downtime.

Once you have migrated all mailboxes and public folders, remove Exchange 2007 with add/remove programs. DO NOT TOUCH DC FUNCTIONALITY UNTIL THAT IS COMPLETE. It is not supported to run DCPROMO on a machine with Exchange installed.

Simon.
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