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Completing Cutover from Exchange 2003 to 2010

David Spigelman
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We've installed an Exchange 2010 server into what was a 2003 domain. Managed to migrate all the accounts, and even deal with a number of relatively small headaches in the process. Now we're ready to complete the cutover. But the 2003 server is still the default path for traffic in and out of Exchange. Mail heading to the Internet still goes to the 2003 server, before getting sent off to our SonicWALL mail device. Inbound mail still goes through the 2003 server to get into Exchange. (Yes, part of that will require that I make changes in the SonicWALL, but beyond that - if I switch it there, will that enable mail to start coming directly in, or is that going to screw me up?)

What more do I need to do?

Also, Exchange 2010 seems to function a LOT slower than 2003 did. Is this a related issue? Is there something else involved?

Thanks!
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MaheshArchitect
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You need to point your MX records to Exchange 2010 Hub transport server for incoming flow
Also you need to configure send connectors on 2010 server for outbound delivery and delete SMTP connector on 2003 server
As long as RGC is there, your mail flow should work fine between 2003 and 2010
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232715(v=exchg.141).aspx
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/f113d2e6-bee5-4ba4-9472-7b4015a6d609/mail-flow-exchange-2003-to-2010-migration

In case of sonic wall you need to change all references from 2003 to 2010 server

Lastly in order to remove exchange 2003 server completely from 2010 organization, follow step by step article

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg576862(v=exchg.141).aspx

Mahesh
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MX records wouldn't need to be changed here, as the MX record actually points to the SonicWALL. As I mentioned, I am aware that the SonicWALL will need to be reconfigured to forward to the 2010 server, instead of the 2003. My question was really, "Is that all there is to it?" If I just change where it's pointing, that mail is going to be delivered properly?

I also realize that I need to configure the send connectors on the 2010 server, but I'm not sure of where, exactly, to go, and how to do it. It's very different from 2003.

What is RGC? And the point of this is to be able to remove the 2003 server from the system. I know that it flows between them now. I want to be sure it will continue to flow if/when I remove it.

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Gareth GudgerSolution Architect
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I highly recommend this walkthrough. This will help you with the entire decommission process. Even when you move mail flow to 2010, you still have a number of other tasks to complete before you can uninstall Exchange 2003.

https://www.simple-talk.com/content/print.aspx?article=915
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Sorry I haven't closed this case yet. It's taking awhile to complete the actual decommission. When that's done, I do intend to get back to this question, award points, etc. It's just taking longer than I anticipated (political issues, more than technical).
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This didn't really resolve the problem, per se, but it did give me a lot more information on what was going on. Ultimately, there were numerous problems, all resulting from my personal lack of familiarity with Exchange 2010, and the steepness of the learning curve. Other problems also included a (still extant) performance problem with the VM on which the Exchange server is running.

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