Exchange Upgrade 2000-2003

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Recently I set up a Windows 2000 testing server to do a test run of an upgrade from Exchange 2000 to 2003. The upgrade went very smoothly, however, we are going through a conversion in a week to a new provider and will have to update all our IP addesses. We decided to use this testing server to temporarily re-route any e-mails still hitting the old IP address for the first couple of days after the migration. Here's the problem ... We exported a list of our current user accounts from our functioning Exchange server and uploaded it onto the testing server. The accounts appear within Active Directory Users & Computers, but are not writing over to the Exchange System Manager. I have run through the steps of creating a mailbox for each of the accounts, but still nothing. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Assuming the accounts are mail-enabled, if you’re not seeing them in ESM, it’s most likely due to the fact that they have not received any emails. Try sending test messages to them and see if you can see them in ESM.

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  • Jmweber
    Make a group, make it a distribution list. Add all your users to it. Send the group a message. Exchange RUS won't actually make the mail box unless there is a reason to do so. John
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  • WindowsJedi
    What should have been done. Exchange heavily uses DNS for service location and message delivery, so as long as you've updated the DNS records (along with any HOSTS file entries that you might have used to eliminate the need for WINS) for the servers you're moving, you should be fine. By default, all the virtual servers should use the All unassigned setting, which means that they'll automatically pick up the new addresses. If you've assigned specific IP addresses to any of your virtual servers, you'll need to update those addresses, too. If you're using clustering, the answer is slightly different. In a cluster, you must update three items: the cluster's IP address resources, the IP addresses assigned to the virtual servers, and the IP addresses assigned to the physical cluster nodes. . . .
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  • PDMeat
    You don't need exchange on the test server. Just remove exchange and leave it as an SMTP server forwarding all mail for the internal domain to the new server IP. Exchange 2000-2003 upgrades are easy. I recommend the mailbox move method mysel. I've never had a mb move to an upgraded server cause a problem yet (knock on wood).
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  • Wrobinson
    Try logging in to some of the mailboxes then see if they appear in ESM.
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