how do I move my exchange database to a vm exchange

Hi, I am moving an exchange database (2010 sp3 to 2010 sp3) from my dc (server 2012r2) to a VM (server 2012), I need to move the database into the VM exchange. Then mount it, and have it map back to the users in the DC (not VM since there are none in the VM) unsure of the best route and how to accoplish. Thanks
mikem507Asked:
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
When you say "Move the database" do you mean inside the same exchange domain/forest?  You are not trying to move the database to a different domain?

The easiest way, depending on how many users you have is to just build your second exchange server, create a new database on it and then do local mailbox moves to the other DB on the new server.  Move everything and then uninstall exchange from the DC leaving you with just the new exchange server.
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mikem507Author Commented:
I am moving it to a virtual inside the domain controller, so it is joined to the forest/domain. I have the ad installed on the physical machine and only moving exchange into the virtual.
I can't loose the exchange emails and I Dont know how to map the users across domain to the exchange so they are using the same database
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
You have only one domain yes?
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mikem507Author Commented:
Yes
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Then like I said.  Set up a new server, install exchange and it will be a second exchange server on the same domain.  Once complete you can use EMC to do a Local Move Request of the mailboxes from one servers databases to the databases on the other server.
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mikem507Author Commented:
I can't not use the emc to command shell to initiate the move, I have to copy the database and then can I use the emc to import the database in the VM?
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mikem507Author Commented:
I'm sorry, I can not use the EMC or command shell. It is an issue that I can not resolve l, nor can Microsoft so I have to go around it this way
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
WHY do you have to copy the database?
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mikem507Author Commented:
Because I can't access the database using emc or the shell, I have 2012r2 with exchange 2010 sp3 which is unsupported. Was having issues with owa and ews. This is the recommendation from Microsoft to fix it. A VM running 2012 with exchange 2010 sp3 on it
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
The only way that will work is to use database portability. That will allow you to mount the database on another server in the environment. I wouldn't do just that though, as I don't trust databases in that kind of scenario. Once you have the database mounted then move the users to another database.

Do you have an RPC CAS Array? Are you going across AD sites?
If no to both, then I would fix that - create an RPC CAS array and if possible go across AD sites. Otherwise you will need to "repair" the Outlook profile on every client to get them to point to the correct Exchange server.

Very surprised that you got Exchange 2010 to install on Windows 2012 R2 - the installer should have stopped you.

Simon.
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mikem507Author Commented:
I Dont have RPC cas, what is the issue with database portability? The repair isn't an issue. I am surprised too, very annoyed about it actually.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
If you don't have an RPC CAS array then you should configure one. It takes all of three minutes on the Exchange server, but does require an Outlook repair on the clients to get them to pick it up.

Database portability is discussed on TechNet. I am very surprised that Microsoft didn't take you through that if they have suggested another server to resolve the problem:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876926(v=exchg.150).aspx

Simon.
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hecgomrecCommented:
There is a way  on Exchange 2010 to move databases.

Basically, you must select the Database on the Organization Configuration->Mailbox-Database Management Tab, on the right hand side there is an option "Move database Path", click on that and give the new parameters, the system will warn you the database will be dismounted to perform the move.

Remember the Exchange server should have full access to the path.  Main recommendation if you plan to replace the actual server will be to install you new exchange and then move the database.

More info here : http://exchangeserverpro.com/move-exchange-2010-database-folder/
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