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Best Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003 migration method for performing a new install

SearchExchange.com expert Peter terSteeg explains the best migration method for upgrading from Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 to Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 with all new installs.

We have Windows 2000 Server, Exchange 2000 Server and a backup domain controller. These are all separate servers. We want to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003, but we want to do new installs. What is the easiest way to do this?
I would consider a swing server method. You need a server in the middle to move to, upgrade the original server and then move back to it. Here are some helpful Microsoft articles on various migration methods:
  • Migration method comparison

  • Upgrading to Exchange 2000 Server using the swing upgrade method

  • How to upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 by using the swing upgrade method

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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Expert Advice: Moving SBS and Exchange using 'swing migration'
  • Learning Guide: Exchange migration
  • Reference Center: Exchange Server deployment and migration advice
  • This was first published in December 2006
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