SBS Exchange last steps

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by J. M. De Moor, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Our office has 2 servers in-house and one remote server. The remote Win
    2003 runs only Exchange server. Each user's Outlook Exchange entry
    points to that server, which resides in another state. All other
    services are provided locally.

    So the plan is to get rid of the remote Exchange Server, and bring
    everything in-house with one of the local servers becoming an SBS 2003
    box. On that server, we have already successfully moved from Win 2K3 to
    SBS 2K3, saving the existing AD. Everyone is now logging into the new
    server live, although we have not yet run the "Enable e-mail" portion of
    the CEICW.

    Here are my questions:

    1. The User Property sheets, which were lifted from the Win 2K3 AD, do
    not have any of the Exchange tabs. Will these appear after running the
    CEICW to "Enable e-mail?"

    2. Moving forward, is the following sequence reasonable in this case?

    a. Change all local Outlook clients to point to local SBS Exchange
    b. Have MX record changed to point to local site. Wait until mail starts
    coming into local SBS Exchange.
    c. Run ExMerge part 1 on remote Exchange server to pull out existing
    data, FTP the PSTs over and run ExMerge step 2 on the local server.
    d. Verify locally and take down remote server.

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
    J. M. De Moor, Sep 16, 2007
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  2. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for posting in our newsgroup.

    Please let me know the following to make the situation more clearly:

    1. Is the Exchange 2003 in remote site the same domain as SBS?
    2. Have you removed the Exchange 2003 now. If no, you don't need to use the
    Exmerge tool, the Exchange Move Mailbox wizard is a easier way.

    Here are the answer's to your question:

    1. The User Property sheets, which were lifted from the Win 2K3 AD, do not
    have any of the Exchange tabs. Will these appear after running the CEICW
    to "Enable e-mail?"

    Before you can remove Exchange 2003, you must disconnect all
    mailbox-enabled users from the mailboxes on the Exchange server. Because
    the user's mailbox is deleted, you can't see the Exchange related
    properties in ADUC.

    More info:

    How to remove Exchange Server 2003 from your computer
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833396

    2. Moving forward, is the following sequence reasonable in this case?

    a. Change all local Outlook clients to point to local SBS Exchange
    We can't do this in the first step, because we don't heave mailbox created
    for the user.
    b. Have MX record changed to point to local site. Wait until mail starts
    coming into local SBS Exchange.
    c. Run ExMerge part 1 on remote Exchange server to pull out existing data,
    FTP the PSTs over and run ExMerge step 2 on the local server.
    d. Verify locally and take down remote server.
    I believe you have removed the Exchange Server, in the post you said.

    Based on my research, you should take the following order:

    1. Have MX record changed to point to local site. then run the CEICW to
    configure Exchange. Do this step first.
    Also, make sure the PTR record is correctly configured. PTR record
    pointing to the "A" record. Only your ISP can create this record.
    More info:

    153001 DNS MX records and CNAMEs
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/153001/

    2. Create mailbox for users.

    1) In ADUC, right click the user account and then select All Tasks\Exchange
    Tasks.
    2) Click Next.
    3) Select Create Mailbox and click Next.
    4) Go through the wizard.

    3. Connect Outlook to SBS. Although the older e-mails are not imported, we
    can send and receive new e-mail.

    1) Please delete the older outlook profile.
    2) Visit \\SBSServer\clients\setup, double click sbsdefault, this will
    create a new Outlook profile automatically.

    4. Run ExMerge step 2 on the local server to import the PST file to
    Exchange.

    Hope this helps.

    If you have any concern on this issue, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Best regards,

    Robert Li(MSFT)

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    Robert Li [MSFT], Sep 18, 2007
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