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Windows Server 2012 Essentials install into an existing Windows 2008 Domain

Posted on 2014-02-11
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Hello Experts,
Once again i am in need of some advice, I have a client with a Windows 2008 domain and Exchange 2010 on the same machine, I am now looking to install a new Windows 2012 Essentials server with separate Exchange 2013 server.
I have looked online but can't find any obvious 'walk throughs' or guides on how to do this, i did try to following the microsoft guide about installing a domain replica but it didn't work. IF anyone has done this or could point me in the right direction i would be most grateful .
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You won't find any official walkthrough for that scenario. You can, however, follow the guidance for migrating from exchange 2010 to 2013 in the exchange technet docs. Then, separately, follow the migration doc to move from SBS 2011 to essentials 2012. Between those two steps (in that order) you can successfully get from where you are now to your desired end state.
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Thank you for your quick response. I am working my through the Exchange migration and will update accordingly.
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Right, I have discovered that there is still some residual item in the domain/setup relating to the Exchange 2003 install, as when i am  trying to install Exchange 2013 onto a clean machine i get the following message:

 Error:
One or more servers in the existing organization are running Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003. Installation can't proceed until all Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003 servers are removed.
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.Exchange2000or2003PresentInOrg.aspx

Warning:
Cannot find the Recipient Update Service responsible for domain 'DC=celvac,DC=ces'. New and existing users may not be properly Exchange-enabled.
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.RusMissing.aspx


Sorry i omitted to add that the original server was SBS2003 that i upgraded to Server 2008R2 + Exchange 2010, following this guide:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2881-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Exchange-2010-and-Windows-2008-R2.html


Any suggestions?

Many Thanks,
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by:bluewaveit
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Found the issue, removed  the entries doing the following

o Run ADSIEDT.MSC on a DC
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+Configuration Container|_CN=Configuration, DC=Domain_Name,DC=com |_CN=Services |_CN=Microsoft Exchange |_CN=Your_Organization_Name |_CN=Administrative Groups |_CN=Your_Administrative_Group_Name|_CN=Servers

o Select the server object you want to remove from AD & Delete it.
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