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I am moving from a 2000 Exchange server to a 2003 Exchange server, but I do not want to do a migration. I want to start the new server from scratch and redo all the users so they have a standardized naming convention. I want to be able to keep the mail store for the users and associate it with the new users once I get them setup. Basically take the old user info and attach it to the new users who are actually the old users with new account names. Is this possible?

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That’s possible but the info you want to change is in AD.
So you can delete the user account, recreate it the way you want ant reconnect the mailbox…
Install a new Exchange 2K3 server and move the mailbox
You might as well simply rename your accounts…

You might as well use Exmerge in the 2 steps phases:
Export the mails in PST files; modifiy the correspondance files and import back in your Exchange 2K3 server.

There is many other ways…

Daniel Falconetti

I would use the swing migration kit by Jeff Middleton

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  • Andboo
    So with ExMerge I can do individual mailboxes to pst. I don't want to rename on the current server, because I want to start from scratch on the new one. I think some of the users are corrupt, so I don't want to transfer the full user account, just the mail box info.
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  • Kdahlke
    There are lots of articles referencing how to use exmerge to accomplish various forms of migration. Here's one. Search for others on Microsoft KB http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;327928#XSLTH3180121122120121120120
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  • Andboo
    I read that article a couple of days ago, and actually bookmarked it for a return look. That sounds like my best option. So, and forgive my stupidity on this as I've never tried this before, I can take the pst that I got from each individual user on the old server and import them in to the new users that they coincide with on the new server and that will maintain there mail, calendar, and anything else exchange based?
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  • Jpdavey
    Do you think this would fix your situation: Create new AD accounts for the users, but do not create mailboxes for them. Add them to their respective groups, distribution lists, etc. Make sure your Mailbox Store's "Keep deleted mailboxes for (days)" is higher than 0 (default on 2003 is 30, I think). Delete the mailbox on the "old" user account in AD. In Exchange System Manager, go to "Mailboxes" under your Mailbox Store. Right-click and "Run Cleanup Agent." You will see the "deleted" mailbox(es) listed with a little red X icon. Right-click, "Reconnect" and select the new account. Move the mailbox to the new server using ESM or AD. I would create a test account with a mailbox (on 2000) and one without before doing this to test your exchange setup before "deleting" any real accounts.
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