Re: Exchange Server upgrade

  • From: <Paul_Lemonidis@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Conley P. Shairrick" <cshairrick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 15:16:08 -0000

Hi Conley

I see no other way around this problem as renaming a machine hosting Exchange 
will break Exchange totally. The services simply won't start. The only way to 
then resolve that issue is to completely uninstall Exchange and reinstall thus 
losing all your users and their data. You could then theoretically having 
backed up all the mailboxes from the original Exchange installation to PST 
files using EXMERGE.EXE restore them on the new machine but there is an issue 
with that. Namely the amount of space needed to hold the users mailbox data 
will increase very significantly as single instance storage will be lost.

Hope that helps? Please don't hesitate to get back to me if I can help you 


Paul Lemonidis.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Conley P. Shairrick 
  To: Paul_Lemonidis@xxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 2:15 PM
  Subject: Exchange Server upgrade


      We are not wanting to change the name of our exchange server because we 
have that name setup in OWA, our DNS setting (we run a authoritative DNS), our 
proxy server has some setting with Exchange server name in them.  Just would me 
easy keep the same name.  Thanks

  Hi Conley

  As it stands no. The only thing I can think of is to add a temporary third 
server. Move all the mailboxes and public folders to it. Decommission and 
remove all references to the first server. Then build the new (third) server 
with your new server name. Having installed the third server then move all the 
mailboxes to it and remove the second temporary server.

  As I think you can imagine this is far from simple and will take a good deal 
of time to do. Why do you need to keep the same server name? If you are 
concerned about having to recreate Outlook profiles as a result of your new 
server this should not be an issue.

  If anyone else can shed an more light on this or knows of any third part 
products (I very much doubt there are any to be honest) that may do it please 
feel free to enlighten us.

  Many thanks in advance.


  Paul Lemonidis.

  Conley Shairrick
  Network Administrator

  Cross Oil Refining & Marketing, Inc.

  Office: 870.864.8688

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