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SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

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Old 6th June 2012, 14:05
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Default SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

Hey All,

I am preparing a SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 migration and have a question. I want the SBS 2011 to be a brand new, clean install (new domain and everything) and am not too bothered about having to manually copy over user accounts (there are only 4) and data. The only thing I am considering is how I will transfer over the Exchange mailboxes (and two public folders). As I say I dont want to introduce the SBS 2003 box to the 2011 domain - so should I just export as PST and import into SBS 2011? Can i do the same with Public Folders?

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Yes and Yes -- note that you will need to create empty PFs, set permissions and copy the contents back into them, but with 2 folders, this is not a major issue

Get users to clean up their mailboxes first -- deleted items, junk, old sent items....
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Old 7th June 2012, 19:09
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Default Re: SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

And set the old server to retain deleted items only for a day - or not at all.
Also turn on circular logging util you are finished the migration on the new server.
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Default Re: SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

Thanks for the responses.

@Ossian - Im guessing i do all of this with Outlook client (ie exporting and importing mailboxes and public folders)? Or do i need to use EMC to import?

@teiger - Im guessing you mean exchange. How come the changes? What will they do?

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Outlook is (IMHO) preferable, and get users to do it themselves (or be with them) so they cannot complain about anything missing!
You will also have to do something about incoming email -- again IMHO the best thing is to have the new server fully ready to go and move incoming mail to that before you do the export from the old Exchange
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You are going to be moving a lot of mail around during the migration. Retaining deleted items for 30 days doen't make sense when you know you are exporting/importing it to another server. It just keeps you mailbox size artificially high.
Similarly you don't need to keep a "record" of the transactions during import, so using circular logging keeps unnecessary log files off your new server during the migration.
One other thing to remember is to remove quotas during the migration. There is nothing more frustrating than getting 60/70/80% through a migration then finding it bombs out because a user has hit their quota.
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Default Re: SBS 2003 - SBS 2011 Exchange Mailbox & Public Folder Migration Only

@Ossian - Thank you. Email volume over the weekend (when the move will happen) is 99% spam so I'm not too worried about that

@teiger - Thanks for explaining. Those are great points to remember

EDIT: Just thought of another question (last one!) - the current server has an SSL certificate from GoDaddy setup. Is there anything special I need to do to get it in SBS 2011? Do i need to revoke the old cert and reissue to 2011? Any online tutorials? Cheers

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You will need to re-generate the cert -- I cannot remember if GoDaddy allow you to do that (they call it re-keying) after the first 30 days. Also for SBS 2011 you will need a SAN certificate (with multiple names and you may have a single name certificate at the moment

IMHO the price is low enough that you should just buy a new SAN certificate (5 names is ample). The old one can be revoked or left to expire.
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