Migrate Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007 (SP2)

Posted: May 17, 2010 in Microsoft Exchange
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Migrate Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007 (SP2)
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I recently upgraded my MCSE in Windows server 2003 to MCTS in Windows Server 2008; to celebrate I decided to test the wonders of migrating an Exchange server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007 (SP2).  You may wonder why Exchange Server 2007 SP2, well because the version original version of Exchange 2007 was meant to run on Windows Server 2003, and well since I upgrade to MCTS on Windows Server 2008 it seemd only fair to test it. Let begin:
INSTALLATION:
00. Login to new server (Microsoft WIndows Server 2008) where installation will occurr
01. Insert media into DVD drive
02. Select command prompt; “Run as Administrator”
03. at command prompt run setup/prepareAD
04. Install Exchange Server 2007
05. Select Exchange connector for Exchange Server 2003
06. Configure Exchange Server 2007
07. Mount Firest Storage Group Database
08. Enable Local Continous Replication
09. Configure OWA internal and external Addresses
10. Move Legacy mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007
 a. inform users that while mailboxes are being moved they cannot log on the OWA
11. After mailboxes and replication process has ended, shutdown Exchange Server 2003
these steps will take you excatly to where you want to go in this migration process; it doesnt come any simpler than that.  When you read this information use it and share the blog link, don’t copy and paste it as your own. If anyone else has any more ideas on other things i should test and blog about it please feel free to rely.
Alberto Ayala II, MS
MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CompTIA A+
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