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Transfer files to new Exchange Server

By dcobb ·
I have an Exchange Server. I need to transfer the Directory, Information store and MTA to the new server. Should I run the latest service pack before transfering. Can a simple copy of the files from one server to the other be done?

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Dave C
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by Gregory W. Smith In reply to Transfer files to new Exc ...

You should search TechNet for the appropriate "Exchange Migration" articles, but here's my recollection:

Run the Perf. Optimizer and locate all files within a single partition\exchsrvr on the old server.
Stop & disable Exchange services on "old"server. Rename the server and update Server Manager appropriately.
Rename the new server to the "old" one's name and setup new server with identical connector configuration, organization & site names, etc.
Copy over the .mdb files if nothing else and do an isinteg -fix.
You should then have a working Exchange server.

There is an easier way, though. Setup the new one side-by side. Use the "Move mailbox wizard" to move the mailboxes (you will have 2 servier within one site) and clients willbe redirected to the new server at first logon.

You can also replicate public folders, etc, but you MUST make the new server the replication master before retiring the old server.

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by McKayTech In reply to Transfer files to new Exc ...

As the first answer mentioned, there are two options. The first is called a forklift upgrade where you just move the priv.edb, pub.edb and dir.edb files to the new server. HOWEVER, there are a few "gotchas" with this process and you'll want to readQ199954 on TechNet. Personally, I prefer this approach although Microsoft doesn't.

The second approach of running the servers in parallel and moving the mailboxes is the Microsoft-preferred way but I've had more problems with this approach than the forklift. I also prefer the forklift because it leaves your old server fully intact so you always have a way back home if things go very badly with the upgrade.

In regards to the Service Pack levels, they should be the same on both servers and this is a critical point (more so for the forklift upgrade but can be a problem for the Mailbox Move procedure as well). In my experience it doesn't matter whether you do it before or after the move as long as they are the same at the time of the move.

paul

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