Transferring Active Directory Users,Passwords and Exchange Server Data

By zalmay_77 ·
I have Acer Altos G310 Server, which is configured as:

0. Windows Server 2003 R2
1. Windows Domain Controller
2. DNS Server
3. Exchange Server on my Local Area Network.

Now we have purchased Dell T710 Server and we intend to use this new Server as Domain controller, DNS Server and Exchange Server instead of Acer Altos G310 Server.

Kindly Guide me, that how can i install these on new Server so that:

1. Users and Passwords
2. Mailboxes (Email Data Of Users)

are restored on new server so that users are not interrupted and all these changes are performed seamlessly to user.

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by dane In reply to Transferring Active Direc ...

Just promote the new server to a new domain controller in an existing domain and it will replicate your AD automatically.

Also if your DNS is stored in AD then choose replicate to all domain controllers in the domain under the general tab of your dns zone.

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Any reason why you can't use both servers?

by neilb@uk In reply to Transferring Active Direc ...

It's not really a recommended practice to have Exchange on a DC and you might be better serverd to leave Exchange where it is and just add a bit more memory.

For Exchange, normally you would back up the complete Exchange server and restore to the new server with the same name as the old one but that won't work if you install the new server with a different name so that you can replicate AD.

To move the Exchange, you'll need to install a new set of Exchange server roles, connectors, public folder replicas and so on and then migrate the users. Change the cost of the old connectors to force the switchover, add new MX records (with lower costs) or change the target NAT to point to the new server.

Then do this

Then delete the old server.

Good luck.


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