Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003

  • From: Chris Wall <Chris.Wall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 12:21:27 -0500

Hello all,


    We are upgrading our NT 4 domain to AD this upcoming Monday.  All is set
and has been tested for a smooth transition.  As you read, please realize
that I am not asking how to perform the upgrade, but rather what your
experiences have been and what you would do different if you had the chance
to upgrade again.


    As the Exchange admin, I have taken several Exchange deployment classes
but would like some real world feedback on Preparing AD design (creation of
groups\OU's etc.) in preparation of migrating 5.5 to Exchange 2003.


   I have found a wealth of information on the web, but I have come to value
everyone's opinion in this forum, as we are all knee deep in e-mail


   Can any of you recommend any trusted sources that will address Public
Folder issues, Distribution List and Custom Recipient issues to watch out
for during deployment?  I am on a fact finding mission, and have been given
the responsibility for designing our AD OU and Group structure (since it is
key for Exchange 2003).


   After upgrading the domain next week, I would like to 'dress up' AD as
best as possible so that we have a good footprint for Exchange.  I am
leaning towards creating OU's for North America countries that exist in our
org (Canada, USA and Mexico) and then creating groups based on Location and
Department names.  The biggest worry I have is that our company LOVES to
change department names.  How will this negatively affect Exchange?  What
methods of AD design has worked well for you during implementation?


Sorry for so many questions, but there are so many opinions and documents on
the web that contradict each other.  I look forward to any replies and
discussions that this question may spur in the group.  At least so that I
can present arguments to any outside Contractors that we may bring in to
assist in planning the move.



Chris Wall

Sr. North America Exchange Administrator

Global Knowledge Network

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