Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Post by johndbuel » Sat, 18 Nov 2006 23:59:05


I apologize in advance - I'm sure this query has appeared many times,
but I want to be sure that I have this clear in my mind before doing
it. The company I work for has Exchange 2003 running on a Windows
Server 2003 Standard Edition rackmount. This server is also running as
a Domain Controller, however, which is a Bad Idea (tm). The server has
a static private IP address within the company's network, and a static
public IP address/hostname, for access outside the corporate network.

We have a new server on order, with a larger storage capacity, and we
would like this server to take over Exchange functions, with a minimum
of interruption of possible. As far as I can tell, this is what needs
to be done (some of this I got from MS KB#822931):

Bring the new server online, with Exchange, give it a private static IP
address and hostname that aren't in conflict with the existing ones.
Make it the second Exchange server on the network, through setup.
Replicate the public folders from Exchange1 to Exchange2. Rehome the
Offline Address Book folder, change the server that is responsible for
the Offline Address List, rehome the Schedule+ Free Busy Folder, rehome
the Organization Forms folder, rehome Recipient Update Service,
designate the new server to be the routing group master, create another
SRS instance, rehome connectors to the new server, move the mailboxes
to the new server (and probably be prepared to wait quite a while after
executing any of these steps).

Per Microsoft, it would seem that at this point, we can remove the
first Exchange server from the network. Then - do we give the new
server the same hostname/IP address as the prior server? What about
outside DNS resolution?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
 
 
 

Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Post by Kirill Pal » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 01:05:34


Yep. Another document, that details the same necessary steps
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ %202000§ionID=1024§ionName=Exchange%202000%20Move%20Server%20Method



No, you do not. While changing IP would not affect Exchange, changing
machine name will cause Exchange to not start.
What you do is you leave the IP and name alone (unless some other app
requires IP and name to be the same).


That is outside, right? Just change port forwarding at your firewall.


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Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Post by johndbuel » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 01:21:16

>
I have been told, but have not confirmed this, that many of our older
PCs (the ones running Windows 2000), are still using hardcoded hosts
files, which probably have Exchange1 with its current IP address in
their list. Is there an easy way to "push" out a new hosts file, or
should I plan on manually visiting these machines and making necessary
changes (or deleting the entry for the Exchange server altogether)?
DNS/DHCP are currently being provided by a Windows 2000 Server, but I
believe we're going to try to migrate these onto the Windows 2003
Server that is currently running Exchange once the new server is
online, and Exchange on the older server has been removed.
 
 
 

Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Post by Kirill Pal » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 02:00:03


I would strongly recommend to get rid of hosts/lmhosts ASAP.
Besides, Exchange1 will be obsolete, Outlook will connect to Exchange2
(if you allow servers to coexist for some time so that Outlook can
update profile with the name of new server).

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Moving from existing Exchange 2003 server to new Exchange 2003 server

Post by johndbuel » Sun, 19 Nov 2006 02:36:24

Thanks very much Kirill!