We are preparing to upgrade someone from two servers both running Windows Server 2003 standard with one the domain controller and active directory server. Other is running Exchange 2003.
We have two new PowerEdge servers running Windows Server 2012 that we are going to use. We have only 17 users all running Windows 7 Pro workstations. They have Office/Outlook 2007 and are not going to upgrade that until next year.
Since there are only 17 users and the server OS and Exchange are so old and the AD and Group Policy on the Windows 2003 is a bit clogged with old users and junk, we figured it will be just as easy to setup new server and user from scratch vs any type of migration and DC promo stuff. The same with Exchange 2003, we figure on just exporting each person’s PST file and importing into new Exchange environment.
Not sure we can do the setup in place without turning off old servers while working as we want to use same switches and router configuration. If things go south then we can just plug back in the old “network” of servers. Realize we will have to unjoin the old domain that is “company.local” and rejoin the new domain that is “company.net” which they use as email domain and we have been told to not use “ .local “ anymore
Hoping this all sounds possible! The main question then is since we are starting from scratch and since they have Office/Outlook 2007 for now, what do you all think is the best way to go with Exchange, 2010 or 2013?
I have been told in the past that 2013 really likes to deal with Office/Outlook 2013 or at least 2010. Why? Would Office/outlook 2007 be ok with either 2010 or 2013 ? Is either version of Exchange, 2010 or 2013 more complex to setup and import PST files etc. than the other? We have only setup Exchange 20120 one time for a small similar sized office (from scratch as well but no PSTs to import)
Want to try to pull this off over the weekend. There is not a lot of data on the DC/file server to move, about 100GB so going to pull it off onto USB drive as well as the PST files. The old Exchange 2003 mail database is about 20 GB so the PSTs are not huge.