Exchange 5.5 to new 2003 domain/exchange

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Exchange 5.5
Microsoft Exchange 2003
Microsoft Exchange migration
Windows domain management
I am the IT department for a small company with a current inherited 2000 mixed mode Domain/Exchange configuration as follows: A single Exchange 5.5 Enterprise server running on Windows 2000 Terminal Server SP4. It is a 2000 Domain Member Server (Domain upgraded from NT - currently running in mixed mode). It is running on a Dual Intel PII 300MHz 512MBRAM with PRIV.EDB=21.2GB I have 3 new Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz 2GB RAM 2003 Standard Servers. I would like to create a new 2003 native mode domain w/new forest and completely new 2003 Exchange Standard server (separate from old). Most users have .OST file. The old exchanger server supports 10 domain email addresses through Internet Mail Service (routing tab). I would like to create the new 2003 domain and Exchange independent of the old system and export/import the GAL, mailboxes,priv.edb and pub.edb from the old to the new and dismantle the old domain/controllers for other use. I am hoping there is a simple way to do this as I am not big on command script. I am willing to manually create all the domain users and mailboxes and import .ost files if that is simplest. I can take the system down on the weekend if I need to, as well as create a two way trust between new 2003 domain and old 2000 domain. What is your suggestion as to the easiest/simplest way to do this for someone who has only setup a brand new Exchange 2000 email server/organization in the past... and has 2 yrs admin experience on 5.5?

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my advice is to export mailboxes and PF’s out to PST … You will get a clean database.

Use Exmerge for Mailboxes and outlook for PF’s

Cheers
Daryl

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