Current Exchange 2010 is on Server 2008 R2
New Exchange 2010 will be on Server 2012 R2 - or if P2V is works with Exchange then it will of course stay on server 2008 R2.
I am getting conflicting responses from around the web and from other admins I speak to.
What I currently have is a single exchange 2010 environment running on a physical machine that is running out of space.
I have purchased a new server (server 2012 R2 Hyper-v) that is going to host the new exchange server as VM. We are planning on migrating to office 365 in 2016 so we are not wanting to upgrade to Exchange 2013, just looking to move 2010 from one machine to another.
I have looked into using "Database Portability" and received info from Will here at EE ( http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_28668891.html
), but then I was told from other sources that this process should be used as a last resort to get an exchange server over to a new server, and that is also doesn't move over Public Folders That I should instead be using some sort of P2V conversion tool.. but others have warned me off of that when dealing with Exchange.
I have also been told that since Exchange 2010 is on both servers, I can install Exchange on the new server, backup the old server and restore the data to the new one.. which seems, on the surface to be the best option, but I am unsure on this due to the different OS types.
What is the best way to migrate from one Exchange 2010 server to a VM running either the original OS or a new install of 2012.. ? Down time is not an issue. My only concern is I am doing to the "right" way.