Migrate from virtual server to physical server, including AD and Exchange

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Exchange 2003
Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 Migration
Exchange 2010 and Windows Server 2003
Exchange migration
V2P Migration
Virtual machine software
Windows Server 2008
My company has a Windows Server 2008 running a virtual server of Windows Server 2003 (with Exchange 2003). We want to upgrade to Exchange 2010. Since I don't know much about Windows servers, I need to know what steps to take to migrate everything from the virtual server running Server 2003 and Exchange 2003, to the physical server running Server 2008 and Exchange 2010. This includes all the AD stuff and all the Exchange stuff.

Software/Hardware used:
Server 2008, Exchange 2010, Server 2003, Exchange 2003
ASKED: June 9, 2010  8:08 PM
UPDATED: June 10, 2010  3:08 PM

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AD Portion: (1st phase)

To answer “this includes all the AD stuff” portion, I”m going to assume you have this virtual 2003 Server as a DC and you want to make the 2008 server a DC. You will need to perform some active directory prepartion (schema changes, etc.) to accept a 2008 DC. Once that is done, and both DCs see each other, you may want to consider migrating all the FSMO roles over to the new DC.

Helpful link for 1st phase: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733027(WS.10).aspx

Exchange portion: (2nd phase)

Your best option would be to ADD the Exchange 2010 to your Exchange Organization and then migrate mailboxes from the 2003 Server over to the 2010. In order to add the 2010 Exchange server, you will need to prepare AD with Once that is completed, you can eventually after a thorough testing, you can decommission the old 2003 Exchange.

Helpful link: http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/upgrade-exchange-2003-to-exchange-2010/

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