Migrating to Exchange 2003

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I some guidedance on migrating from Imail to Exchange 2k3. Where to find more info on what's the best way to go about it. Any tools that might be available, etc.

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Do you mean migrating your client or your mail server?

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  • Stevesz
    I'm not familiar with IMAL, but you would want to build yourself a test network with both an IMAIL server and an Exchange 2K3 server in it woith one or two workstations. This way you will be able to do your testing without disrupting the users. Determine how you can export the mail store from IMAIL and whether it will be in a format that Exchange can use. Do the migration, and test, test, test to ensure everything is moving over and available to the users. There are a number of Exchange sites and lists on the web. Explore these and ask your questions, You are likely to find someone on the lists who have done this sort of thing before and they can walk you through the process. There may be instructions available on one of the web sites also. A quick search of microsoft's support site did not turn anything up, but check TechNet and other resources available there.
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  • Tonymon
    I'm also not very familiar with IMAIL, but I do a lot of migration work to/from various messaging systems. I did some searching and did not find any tools for migrating specifically from IMAIL to Exchange; however, IMAIL appears to be an IMAP sytem. So you have several alternatives. The Exchange Server Migration Wizard caontains an LDAP Extractor and an IMAP Extractor. These help you to migrate both account information and email data from LDAP-based directories and IMAP-based mail servers. You might need to check the Microsoft site for more information on this tool. If your users are already accessing IMAIL with MS Outlook clients, you could provide instructions for downloading e-mail to their local PSTs. Then just provide them with a new Exchange mailbox. They can either keep the data in the PST or move it to the mailbox. Local space is the major constraint when moving all data into a local PST.
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