Move Exchange Server 2003 From Old Server to New Server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike_Y, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Mike_Y

    Mike_Y Guest

    I am trying to move my Exchange Server 2003 data from an older server to a
    new one. The domain names have changed when I installed the new server,
    however the user names exist from the old to the new. I have manually
    created everything on the new server to match the old. Is there any easy way
    to move the users mail/calendar/tasks, etc. to the new server?
    Mike_Y, Apr 1, 2006
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  2. Mike_Y

    Les Connor Guest

    Hi Mike,

    You're a bit ahead of yourself ;-). You have to plan a migration, and then
    follow the plan.

    You might have these options:

    a) if the old server is still available, use Exmerge to export the users
    mailboxes to .pst files, move those to the new server, and then import them.
    (you can search for Exmerge instructions)

    b) if the workstations have not yet been connected to the new server, and
    are still connected to the old server - the users can export their mailboxes
    to a .pst on their own workstations. When connected to the new server and
    exchange, they can then import that .pst into their exchange mailbox. This
    has the added advantage of one of the users being able to copy any public
    folders to .pst's, if you use them.

    c) if the workstations have not yet been connected to the new server, and
    the old server is unavailable, and the users were all using Outlook in
    cached mode - they can still follow step b) (except for the public folders,
    I think).

    Hopefully one of those three will do it. Otherwise, it gets complicated and
    you may need to spend money to get it resolved.
    Les Connor, Apr 1, 2006
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  3. Mike_Y

    Mike_Y Guest

    I do have the users on the old server right now. So I can do any of these
    options you described. I will probably try this with one user and see how it
    works. I figured that using PST files was one method of doing it, but I
    wasn't sure if there was an easier way within Exchanger itself. It appears
    there are some migration features in Exchange Server 2003 but I didn't see
    any way to use them with what I have done. Right now I have both servers on
    the network, but am still using the old one until I get the data moved over.

    Thanks for the response.

    Mike_Y, Apr 1, 2006
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