Moving Data bases in exchange from old exchange server 2008 to new 2008 R2

Hi There,

we are moving our Exchange server from 2008 non r2 with Exchange 2007 sp3 to a new 2008 R2 server with exchange 2007 sp3.

What would be the best way to move the data base files.  

We are using a VM ware environment so it should be able to dismount the drives and mount them to the new windows

THanks.
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skyjumperdudeAsked:
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Seth SimmonsConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
as i stated in your other question, you need to migrate all your mailboxes and public folders over to the new server

exchange has heavy AD integration.  so while in a general sense you can detach a virtual disk and attach to another system, this won't work with an exchange database because it knows it belongs to a different server
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Simon Butler (Sembee)Connect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
You cannot move the databases from one server to another - they are server specific.
Therefore the only way to move the content is to use move mailbox. That will cause no downtime and no risk to the data. It also means you don't bring across a lot of garbage that collects in the database over time. I wouldn't even consider trying to bring across the same database files.

Simon.
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