[ExchangeList] Re: Migrating an Exchange 2003 server from one AD to another AD

  • From: "Periyasamy, Raj" <Raj.Periyasamy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 10:48:24 -0500

How many users do you have? How many servers? How far apart are the two
data centers? Are the user workstations relocating or remain in the same




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Subject: [ExchangeList] Migrating an Exchange 2003 server from one AD to
another AD

I have an Exchange 2003 server which we want to move completely from one
AD (in one data center) to a new AD in a new data center.  There is no
connection between the two AD's i.e. they are not part of the same
forest or anything, no VPN connections between the two data centers,
etc.  The current AD is a stand-alone AD.  The new AD has multiple OU's
in it and this server's users would ideally occupy a new sub OU in the
new AD.  The mailboxes and content thereof, users, email domain name
addresses and aliases, etc. must remain the same.  Ideally even the
login and password should not change. 
Is there a way to do this migration easily and quickly?  Ideally we
would like to simply move the server from one data center to another, do
whatever configuration changes are needed without having to
export/import mailboxes, re-configure users etc.  Definiley we would
like to avoide a "re-install" if at all possible.  Any suggestions? 
For example, is it possible to simply have the server join the new
Active Directory or is there more to it than that?
Thanks very much in advance.

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