migrating from sbs 2003 to server 2003 AD with Exchange 2003

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  1. ejcarpenter

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    Is there a white paper on what is involved in this, I have a SBS 2003 server
    that I need to separate my exchange workload to a separate server and am
    looking to install 2003 server on the new hardware and don't want to have to
    recreate users and join all the workstations to the new domain. Is there a
    way to migrate the new server as the AD server and pull the old server out so
    that I can reload that server as the new exchange server
     
    ejcarpenter, Jul 26, 2006
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  2. My understanding of your concern is: You want to migrate from SBS 2003 to
    Standard Version of Windows 2003 Server with Exchange on New Hardware.

    NOTE: UPGRADE FROM SBS 2003 TO STANDARD VERSION OF WINDOWS 2003 SERVER ON
    SAME HARDWARE IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT INSTALLING TRANSITION PACK.
    Check this link for the Upgrade paths:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/supportedpa
    ths.mspx

    For transition pack, please refer to :

    <http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/sbs/techinfo/planning/transition
    ..mspx>

    1. Export all user mailboxes on SBS 2003 using Exmerge into .pst files

    Related Knowledge Base Article:
    *******************************
    How to configure an account to use the ExMerge utility in Exchange 2000
    Server and
    in Exchange Server 2003 (292509)
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;292509

    XADM: Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Merge Program (Exmerge.exe) information
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;[LN];174197

    2. Install Standard Or Enterprise 2003 Server on New Hardware.

    a. Do DCPROMO UP and make it a Additional Domain Controller.
    b. Now Make 2003 Server as a Primary Domain Controller after Active
    Directory
    replication completes.

    Two ways to Make 2003 server as a Primary Domain Controller.


    Method 1

    (i) Use NTDSUTIL and Transfer all FSMO roles to 2003 server.
    (ii) Do a DCPROMO Down on SBS 2003.

    OR

    Method 2

    (i) Disconnect or Unplug the Network Cable From SBS 2003.
    (ii) Use NTDSUTIL and Seize All FSMO Roles.

    Related Knowledge Base Article:
    *******************************
    Using Ntdsutil.exe to seize or transfer FSMO roles to a domain controller
    (255504)

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;255504

    Access violation error occurs after seizure of domain controller role
    (305220)
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;305220

    NOTE: To confirm all FSMO roles use NETDOM QUERY FSMO (Need to Install
    Support
    Tools first)

    3. After getting All FSMO Roles on 2003 Server, do METADATA CLEANUP on
    2003 server
    using NTDSUTIL.

    Related Knowledge Base Article:
    *******************************
    How to remove data in Active Directory after an unsuccessful domain
    controller
    demotion
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;216498


    4. Promote 2003 Server to GC (Global Catalog).
    Active Directory Sites and Services - Sites-Default First Site Name -
    Servers -
    <Server Name> - NTDS Settings - Properties - General - Check the Global
    Catalog
    Option.

    Related Knowledge Base Article:
    *******************************
    You cannot promote a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller to a
    global
    catalog server (889711)
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;889711

    NOTE: Check if DNS is installed or not and if not then Install it through
    Add
    Remove Programs-Windows Components-Networking Services.
    KB: Domain Subfolders Missing from Forward Lookup Zone (310568)


    5. After making 2003 Server as a GC and doing METADATA CLEANUP Install
    Microsoft
    Exchange on 2003 Server and create Mailboxes of All Users manually.

    6. Once Mailboxes are created on 2003 Server use Exmerge Utility to Import
    All
    Mailboxes (.pst files)

    Related Knowledge Base Article:
    *******************************
    How to configure an account to use the ExMerge utility in Exchange 2000
    Server and
    in Exchange Server 2003 (292509)
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;292509

    XADM: Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Merge Program (Exmerge.exe) information
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;[LN];174197


    Once All Above written Steps are performed successfully Migration can be
    considered
    Successful.

    At last, Regarding the transition pack part, I sitll suggest you contact
    SBS support for assistance. Thanks.

    Best regards,

    Vincent Xu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support

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    Vincent Xu [MSFT], Jul 26, 2006
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