Windows Server 2000 to Windows Server 2003 SBS upgrade

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
SBS 2003
Windows 2000 Server
Windows Server 2000
I have the following situation... I have started working in a new job and one of my primary tasks was to upgrade this office to a new server and equipment... (from win 2000 to win 2003 sbs) All the "users" currently are on pop3 (on our company website, on a hosting provider) on there outlook in a workgroup environment, I will be upgrading everyone to a domain environment with exchange, the question is how to I migrate the old pop3 messages stored locally on the users workstations to there new exchange account? I have set up everything including pop3 connectors etc. This is the last thing holding me back from migrating the users...

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Well the current emails from POP3 are being downloaded to Outlook, so what you need to do is take the PST file from that email profile, connect the outlook to the Exchange server account using a new profile, and then you can either:-

1) import the entire PST to the outlook mailbox (make sure you up the limits on the mailboxes before you do this!, this gives them email history via exchange server, so OWA, OMA, activesync etc, and keeps everything nice and tidy on the server and desktop, but you might be importing a load of rubbish that would be better left out of your nice clean server.

2) the other option is just to take the PST file from the old POP3 profile and attach it as kind of an archive file, running next to the Outlook mailbox. So nothing new goes in there, but the user has it for reference. Of course this is not great for mobile users if you put the PST on the server, and its not good for backup purposes if you keep it local to the workstation.

On balance I would import the PST file into each users mailbox, probably the most elegant solution in the long run.

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  • ITAddict
    There is an article on Microsoft TechNet called "Migrating from a Peer-to-Peer Network to a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network". This article gives you step by step instructions including importing your PST file into the Exchange Mailbox. Most of the client configuration is done automatically using the Connectcomputer wizard described in the article. I don't have the full path to the article, but I'm sure you can find it in a search.
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