Good, This makes your job much easier, just follow the steps below and lemme know if you are successful or not. 1. Do a complete backup of all the information stores 2. Install win2k server on the new machine you want to use and bring it up to the service pack and hotfix level of the server you want to demote 3. Shut down the old server 4. Join the new server to the domain and ensure that the new server has the same name and ip address of the old server 5. Ensure that the smtp and nntp services are running 6. Log on with administrative priviledges and install exchange 2000 with the disaster recovery switch, this installs exchange server with an empty database 7. install the service pack you had on the old server on this new box 8. Restore the backup 9. After restoring the backup, try mounting the mailboxes 10. In some instances the mailboxes might not mount, in such an instance you will need to run the eseutil tool on the database to restore any corruption problems 11. After this install your exchange antivirus and you will be fine 12. It is always advisable to have 2 copies of the backup just incase one of the copies fail Do this and you should have no problems. DISCLAIMER: The information in this message is confidential and is legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorized.If receiving in error please accept our apologies and notify the sender immediately. You must also delete the original message from your machine. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of it, is prohibited and maybe unlawful. The information, attachments, opinions or advice contained in this email are not the views or opinions of Econet Wireless Nigeria Ltd., its subsidiaries or affiliates. Econet Wireless Nigeria Ltd. therefore accepts no liability for claims, losses, or damages arising from the inaccuracy, incorrectness, or lack of integrity of such information.