RE: Upgrading Exch 5.5/Win2K Srv to 2003 versions

  • From: "Stephen Hartley" <support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 09:03:02 +1000

So the machine is at least 3 years old - how long does he really expect
it to last? If you get 3 years from a machine these days without it cost
you a lot of money, you are doing well.



1.      Turn the exchange server off for two hours a day. Tell him it is
unstable. Make sure it happens at times when he will have to pay you
overtime to get it running again. (learn to play solitaire for two hours
straight without getting caught!) Gee, some people wouldn't even pay
$2.50 for a decent cup of coffee!


2.      Look for a new job..




-----Original Message-----
From: Gene O'Brien [mailto:Gene@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 1:04 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Upgrading Exch 5.5/Win2K Srv to 2003 versions

Hi All,


I've reached the end of my patience with our current Exchange 5.5 server
running on a very old Compaq Proliant with Windows 2000 Server (Dual
600MHz machine).


I took over administration of this thing about 6 months ago - over the
years it has had so much crap put onto it... all sorts of demo programs
(4 or 5 different anti-virus programs, 3 different backup demos, etc),
and it's just gotten to the point where I can't fumigate it enough to
keep it running without drastic slowdowns and crashes all the time.


We're a relatively small shop - 30 users.  I want to upgrade us to a
nice new inexpensive Dell server, running Windows 2003 Server with
Exchange 2003, and basically start all over again with a nice clean
install - hopefully leaving the nightmares behind me!


Problem is, the boss is the type who complains if you spend $20 on a
cable without having a damned good reason for it.  I've tried talking
sense to him about how Exchange 5.5 is not a current product, Microsoft
is retiring regular support for it in a few months, the server is old
and in bad shape, etc.. but what I really need is a 'wow' list.  What
can I show him that makes him realize it's worth investing several
thousand dollars to ring out the old and ring in the new?  


Does anyone have a 'highlights' chart or list like this?  I'm not
looking for something that shows me how much easier it is to manage, how
it integrates better with our AD structure, or anything like that... his
answer to that is that 'i'm the administrator, i should be able to make
it work'.  What i'm looking for is - what will the end user see as
benefit?  What great new 'can't live without features' will they see?


Anyone have an input for me on this one?


Thanks very much!


Gene O'Brien

Network Administrator

Three Cities Research




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