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NT4 to AD with Exchange

By Tim.Doyle ·
So I'm all set to go ahead with my NT4 to AD migration. Got a new server built up as an NT4 BDC, ready tp promote it and run the upgrade to 2k3 Server when I suddenly think of a last minute problem. My current PDC is also my Exchange server. When I promote my new BDC to PDC it will automatically make the existing PDC and BDC, but when I upgrade to Server 2k3 the old Domain goes away and I have to get rid of the old server, right? What do I do about Exchange? Should I do the Exchange migration first? Should I create a brnad new AD domain and migrate everything manually? Should I use something like the Aelita products to try to do everything for me all at once?

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by DC1 In reply to NT4 to AD with Exchange

Promote the new server to the PDC first before doing the upgrade to W2K3. Microsoft has actually published a ton of info on migrating from Exchange 5.5 to 2003. That being said tough if you have the budget to get a tool like Aelita's that is the way to go as there migration product works very well.

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by Tim.Doyle In reply to NT4 to AD with Exchange

This didn't answer my question at all. I know I have to promote the new server to PDC and then upgrade to 2k3, the question is what to do with the old PDC? The problem is its running Exchange.

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