[ExchangeList] Re: Exchange 2003 to 2007 Via backup Exec

  • From: "Michael B. Smith" <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 21:09:41 -0400

Renaming an Exchange server is NOT supported and will break Exchange.

 

Your users will be screwed.

 

Regards,

 

Michael B. Smith

MCITP:SA,EMA/MCSE/Exchange MVP

http://TheEssentialExchange.com

 

From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Parker
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 9:05 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: Exchange 2003 to 2007 Via backup Exec

 

My Question is this.  Why is it risky?

 

We intend to rename the server afterwards to the old server name once the 
mailboxes are on the new box.  Why is this risky since it leaves the old server 
intact.  Whereas, if the move mailboxes bail, I have a halfway functional 
server. And am forced to do a restore.  The old server has been somewhat 
unstable and I do not want to take a chance with losing data.

 

 

 

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From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Boza
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 7:43 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: Exchange 2003 to 2007 Via backup Exec

 

Could not agree more - this sounds like a much more riskly approach as well as 
potential for significant user impact.  Best method nearly all the time is to 
move the mailboxes and avoid pain for both the users AND for you.

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 7:42 PM, Michael B. Smith 
<michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I would absolutely not do it this way.

 

I would do a move-mailbox from old-server to new-server and then properly 
remove the old server.

 

CAN you do it the other way? Sure. But you'll have to touch every single user 
desktop to update the MAPI profile.

 

Regards,

 

Michael B. Smith

MCITP:SA,EMA/MCSE/Exchange MVP

http://TheEssentialExchange.com

 

From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Parker
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 7:39 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Exchange 2003 to 2007 Via backup Exec

 

Hey all...

We currently have a 2003 server standard running exchange 2003 Enterprise.
It is on it's last leg and we are replacing it.

We are getting our new server in tomorrow.
I will be installing Server 2008 64bit and Exchange 2007 Std.

Once all of this is installed I intend to restore the individual exchange 2003 
mailboxes to the 2007 machine from backup exec 11d.
Also, to make things go faster, I am also running the backup to disk using a 
backup to disk folder I created.

my consultant sources say that this will work.
 
So... My intention is to shut down the smtp service and then perform a backup. 
Once Backup is complete, then I assume that I install a Backup exec agent on 
the 2007 box and then restore the individual mail boxes.

I am also assuming that I will need to go to the new server afterwards and 
reconnect the mail boxes?
Or can I use the "Recreate user accounts and mailboxes" feature within Backup 
Exec?
 
Am I correct in this ideology?
 
 
Thank you for your help in this.

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