Exchange 2000 Migration to Exchange 2003

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I am going to be moving mailboxes from an Exchange 2000 server to an Exchange 2003 server. I am running a Windows 2000 AD environment. Does anyone know how I can prevent users from accessing their mailboxes during the move? I suppose I have the option of disabling the accounts as I move them, but I am searching for a way that will allow the users to continue to be able to access the network and their files. We also entertained disabling the netlogon service on the Exchange 2000 box, but I am not sure if any of the processes/services will need that service running to correctly run the "Move mailbox wizard." Also, it should be noted that the original Exchange 2000 server is a domain controller (1 of 2, and not the GC), and the new Exchange 2003 server is not.
ASKED: May 31, 2006  8:45 PM
UPDATED: June 22, 2006  11:49 PM

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When you migrate a mailbox in 2003 it will not allow the user to access the mailbox anyway. I would think this would be the case in 2000 as well but i can’t be sure.
Test it on your own mailbox, move it then try and open it when the migration is taking place…..

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  • AdminIsTraitor
    If you really want to eliminate all possibility of users accessing their mailboxes, remove both servers from the network and connect them to each other with a crossover cable.
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  • PhilipS68
    When you move a mailbox from one location to another, the mailbox currently being moved is unavailable to the user.
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  • Studley
    I did something like this awhile back. I created a 2003 Exchange site server (different name) running concurrent with the 2000 Exchange server. Then I was able to move about about 180 mailboxes at night to the new server when no one was accessing their mail. This took many nights. When that was done I removed the 2000 Exchange server from the domain. It was seemless. Goog luck Joe
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