RE: Moving Exchange 2000 from one PC to another

  • From: Greg Hermida <ghermida@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 10:48:38 -0600

I'm not too sure about most of your plan.  But, I can tell you that Ghosting
an image from one machine to a very dissimilar machine architecture can be a
complete waste of time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Davis [mailto:JDavis@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 10:41 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Moving Exchange 2000 from one PC to another

Hello all,

Here's the scenario:

*       An old Domain Controller (Windows 2000 Advanced Server) is running
Exchange 2000
*       We need to move all the software configuration onto a new machine
with better hardware
*       The new machine will have the same domain name, IP address, etc,

Although I have not used Windows 2000, Active Directory, or Exchange 2000 (I
administer a NT network running Exchange 5.5), I have asked some friends for
advice.  Here are there suggestions:

*       Use a temporary PC (233MHz or something similar) and install Windows
2000 Advanced Server
*       Join the existing domain with the temporary PC and synchronize
domain accounts, etc with the Domain Controller we wish to decommission
*       Once all accounts have been synchronized, take temporary PC off the
*       Put the temporary PC on a segregated network and promote it to a
Domain Controller with the same Domain Name as the original DC (Am I to use
dcpromo.exe here?)
*       Install Exchange Server 2000 
*       Copy the dir.edb, priv.edb, pub.edb from original Exchange 2000
Server onto temporary PC
*       Ghost the image from temporary PC onto new machine with new hardware

Is the information above a good strategy, or does anyone have a better

Thanks so much for any assistance on this!


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