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Hi exchange gurus.

I have an exchange 2003 server that is having serious hardware problems. I have created a new virtual server with exchange 2003 installed and ready to go (VMWare). The problem I have is that the old server reboots itself quite often so when I try to move a mailbox from old to new server, it fails due to the server rebooting.

Is there a way that I could lift the entire mail store and move it to the new server?

Any ideas welcome.
Thanks
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Have you tried an off-line p2v? VMware calls that cold cloning. You could also look into Acronis, although you'll need to purchase a license for that.
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No I haven't tried the off-line p2v before but I will look into what is involved..
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by:Seth Simmons
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take a look at Andrew's comments about cold cloning

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28128626.html
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Have you tried just moving a few mailboxes at a time?

Are you setting up another 2003 server? Or is it a newer version?
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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Moving the Exchange database from one server to another in Exchange 2003 isn't really possible or supported, the database is very closely tied to the name etc of the server.
If you can afford the downtime, you could recover the old server. That would mean building a new machine with the same name as the original, installing Exchange with serverrecovery switch and then moving the database files across. It isn't quick though, the last time I did it  took me about four and half hours, as you have to patch the new server to the same level as the original, which takes ages.

Once you have got the database on a replacement server I would then move the mailboxes to your new build. If the server is rebooting frequently the database will be suffering damage and shouldn't be left in production.

Simon.
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Worked out that the servers' system board has blown capacitors on the power supply side therefore when put under load (ie move mailbox) the the system cannot supply enough power and reboots. I am going to try to replace the blown caps to stabilise the server long enough to move the mailboxes then decommission the old server.

If that fails; its Simons' solution time.

Thanks..
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