Solved

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

Posted on 2013-12-15
1
294 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-25
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 !!!
0
Comment
Question by:padiap
1 Comment
 
LVL 63

Accepted Solution

by:
Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
ID: 39720954
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.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Find out how to use Active Directory data for email signature management in Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.
Find out what you should include to make the best professional email signature for your organization.
In this video we show how to create a Resource Mailbox in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: Navigate to the Recipients >> Resources tab.: "Recipients" is our default selection …
To show how to generate a certificate request in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Servers >> Certificates…

948 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now