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Migrating Exchange 5.5

By bwatson ·
I recently purchased a new server to use as my Exchange 5.5 server. My question is: What is the easiest way to migrate from my current Exchange 5.5 server and maintain all of the user information. The current server is using two physical drives and the new server has one large drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by yorkster In reply to Migrating Exchange 5.5

Build your new server as an exchange server, and join your current site, then you can move user by user to the new server, using build in exchange features, then you need to rehome all you public folders and DL's, Also move your IMC to your new server, after you have every thing moved wait about a week before turning off your old server, when you do make sure every thing still works, then you can delete the old server from your site.If you need more info let me know.

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by McKayTech In reply to Migrating Exchange 5.5

Gary's answer corresponds with the official Microsoft method. It works well and is almost always transparent to the users, except if they happen to be logged on to their mailbox at the moment of the move. Even then, if they log off and log on again a few minutes later, everything is peachy.

However, there is an alternate procedure called a "forklift" upgrade where you do an off-line backup of the Information Stores and restore it to the new server. This is my favorite approach because theold server remains fully functional until you're sure the new one is okay.

A couple of resources for you from Microsoft's Technet site:
Q199954 describes the forklift procedure
Q155216 describes the move
Q152959 provides information on removing the original server from the LAN after the new one is up (not necessary with the forklift upgrade)

paul

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