Old Exchange 2003 Server to new Exchange 2003 Server

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I have a windows 2003 enviroment with two exchange servers, each located on different coasts, but both part of the same domain. They are currently connected via a routing connector. West coast mailboxes there, East coast mailboxes on my server. I have a new Dell poweredge 2850 with windows 2003 installed and this will become the new exchange 2003 server. I am looking for a step by step way to get the new EXH2003 Server up, part of the environment and then be able to start moving mailboxes over. Should the third EXH2003 come online and a routing connector be created between it and the west coast server? I see plenty of step by step guides to 5.5 to 2003 and 2000 to 2003, but what I am is doing is probably even more simple, just bringing a new EXH2003 server online and getting rid of the old one. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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I think your easiest migration will be to add the new server as a third, add whatever connectors you need to make it talk to the others, then migrate mailboxes and public folders from the old box to the new. Once you’ve migrated all the objects you want to keep, you should be able to shut down the old server gracefully and remove it from the mix.

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    It sounds like you have two routing groups for your Exchange servers, one for each coast, since you said the servers are connected by a routing (routing group?) connector. You can just install Exchange 2003 on the new server and select the same routing group as your old east coast Exchange server, so you have two servers in that rounting group. The routing group connector won't need to be changed unless you remove the old server from the Exchange organization. The connector from the west coast to the east coast will need to change the remote bridgehead server to the new server if the old server is removed. Once the new server is up and running, with storage groups and databases created, you can move the mailboxes from the old server to the new server. Right-click on a mailbox name, select 'Exchange Tasks' and select Move mailbox. You can highlight a bunch of mailboxes and move them all at once, but I've never tried it. If the old server was the first Exchange server in your Exchange organization, it's very important to follow the procedures in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #822931 to move roles and functions before removing the first Exchange server. Here's the URL for the article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822931
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