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By mdcalvert ·
I am currently in the process of changing Exchange over to a more powerful PC with a RAID controller. The new PC will have the same IP and Name. Now, what is the best(most painless) way of taking the user data from one PC to the other on some sortof removable media?

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by McKayTech In reply to Migrating Exchange

You want to do what Microsoft calls a "forklist" migration. Here's how it goes:
(assuming Exchange v5.5)
Set up the new server with NT and install Exchange using setup /r. On completion of this install, do NOT start the services or initialize the directory service.

Shutdown the Exchange services on the old server; a clean shutdown will write the logs to the database.
Restart the services and run NT Backup to truncate the logs and create a safety net.
Shutdown the services and do an off-line backup to tape (or copy the appropriate *.edb files to tape or CD-R).
Restore the tape or files to the new server. Now start the services and test everything thoroughly.
If everything tests okay, backup the new server and put it on-line.

Incidentally, these type of procedures are one of the few times I open an incident with Microsoft before I start. If something does go wrong, it's a tremendous help to have included them from the beginning and the per-incident cost is cheap insurance.
paul

Paul M. Wr

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by McKayTech In reply to Migrating Exchange

Uh.... one correction. that should be "forklift" migration, not "forklist".

paul

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