Adding an additional Exchange Server

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Exchange 2003 configuration
Microsoft Exchange 2003
This may seem a dumb question but.... Preamble/B] I inherited a single exchange server that has not been updated for quite a while (years) and only has a 2GB primary drive that cannot hold any service packs. I attempted to move the exchange server to new hardware using the MS supplied documentation and setup.exe /disterrecovery. This was not a good move; luckily I was working over the Easter period and managed to get the old server back online by mid afternoon on the last day of the holiday. Task My task is still to update the server to the latest SP and add iPhone etc facilities and I have been searching for a method to create a second exchange server that will run in parallel with the existing one and then move users from old to new. When complete rebuild the old server with updates etc and bring back online. Question How do I add the additional exchange server to the domain; I have installed Exchange onto a server but it a) doesn’t install the software as expected i.e. no store.exe MTA etc.and b) get the old server to recognise the second unit. I would like to offload the mail store to the primary file server so that it can be backed up to the secondary server then to tape from there. Additional info Current AD structure 1 x DC with GC, full FMSO 1 x DC with GC, DNS DHCP added soon 1 x Exchange 2003 with DHCP (bad I know) 2 x File Servers Any pointers and/or assistance would be appreciated. Chris Johnson

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When you ran the installation for the second exchange server you said it did not install as expected. Did you get any errors? Really, installing a second exchange server is pretty seamless. Especially if it is the same version as the first. So I would like to know if you got any errors during the installation process and if so, what were they? Once installed it will automatically be recognized by the existing exchange server. Adding it to the Exchange domain is done during the installation process. You did install it on a member server already on the domain didn’t you?

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  • Helmless
    Hi. Thanks for your response. I installed the same version as the first (Exch Ent), no errors were generated and the management tools went in fine. I've checked the logs, nothing untoward is noted. The server hopefully to be used is already a member server with the same level of SP as the old one. Chris
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  • Technochic
    Thanks Helmless, I guess I don't see what the problem is. If you installed Echange on a member server within the domain and told it to install in the existing Exchange domain during install then it should be automatically recognized by the other Exchange server. Can you see both servers in the exchange management tools?
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