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Outlook upgrade from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2010

Hi,

 I have Outlook 2003 connected to SBS2003/Exchange 2003 and I am installing SBS2011.
 The users will get MS Office 2010 as well. But workstations PCs will remain the same.
 Basically I need to move mailboxes from Exch 2003 to Exch 2010.
 So I was going to do the following:
 (1) Created PST from Outlook 2003 from each user workstation and save it in the C drive.
 (2) Detach workstation PCs from SBS2003 Domain.
 (3) Attach workstation PCs to SBS2011 Domain.
 (4) Install MS Office 2010 on each computer.
 (5) Create new profile in Outlook 2010 (connected to SBS2011).
 (6) Import PST into Outlook 2010.

 The mailbox sizes vary from 3GB to 8 GB.  
 I wonder if there is more efficient way of doing this (w/o purchasing any 3rd party software)?

 Since SBS2011 is a VM in VMware, I thought about copying all these PSTs (from workstation PCs) into Windows 7 Virtual machine (already joined to SBS2011 network) and log in to each user account, create Outlook 2010 profile and import PST. In this way, at least, the data does not have to travel over the Ethernet cable because they are all VMs in one VMware server box.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Any reason you aren't doing an SBS migration? That would be the easiest way, as you are doing everything using native tools.
PST migration method can throw up a lot of problems for the end users and is a lot of work.
It is usually my last choice for a migration.

Simon.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Since the new server has the same computer name and ip address as old server, that is not possible.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Why does it have to be like that?
If you abandon the idea of having the same machine name and IP address and redo the installation as per the guide from Microsoft, then you will be able to do a swing migration.

Simon.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
There are devices on the network that are pointing to the same ip address and I can't change things at this point. It wont be that bad because there are only 7 PCs if I export and import PSTs.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
So?
Do the migration, add the IP address to the server when you are complete.
I only do PST migrations if the existing domain is completely knackered and has other issues. If a swing migration can be done, then I will do it.

I would also get everything that is pointing to an IP address changed to point to a generic DNS entry, then this problem doesn't happen again.

Simon.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I will try that next time, but I have imported PST into new server yesterday.
Thanks for the information.
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