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Exchange Setup

By swaithe ·

At present I have two independent forest, each running Exchange 2003. I am moving towards having a single domain over two sites. Each site would be running Exchange so that the WAN link between the two offices would not be saturated. One office has 35 employees while the other has 15. I would like the main office, 35 people, to be running the primary Exchange server and the branch office, an Exchange server as well (backup purposes etc). What would I need to do to consolidate the two servers so that they are running under one Exchange organisation.


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by BFilmFan In reply to Exchange Setup

Depending on whether you are setting up a new AD forest, will affect the way you migrate your Exchange mailboxes.

The easiest way to move these Exchange servers would be with a tool like Quest's Exchange Migration Manager. Also, you will need to migrate the AD accounts, so you may want to purchase the Controlled Migration Suite. I've used it very successfully in the past to perform exactly this sort of consolidation.

Using the Microsoft method, you would have to probably end up building a new forest and then move user accounts and the Exchange servers into that forest. Depending on whether your forests and domains are Windows 2003 Full Functional will determine this answer. for the migration tools.

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by dsharma In reply to Exchange Setup

We need to do following steps

1) Create trust between both the forests
2) Move the users to new domain. (I'm not very sure but you do can use good tool named ADMT)
3) Add new server to the same admin group and create a new routing group connector between both the servers.
4) this way dependency on WAN can be reduced.

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