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Can I move our Exchange 2000 production server to a new Windows 2000 cluster server?

I have a production E2K server on W2K server. I would like to move the E2K to a new W2K cluster server. I've read about moving the mailboxes using the move mailbox utility. Once all of the mailboxes are moved, I would like to remove the old E2K server from the network. Will this have any impact on my E2K cluster (since the cluster will be installed as the second E2K server in the same organization and same site)?

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You should not run into any problems doing this. Here is a link to an article that discusses building Exchange 2000 clusters: .asp

Note that it is a little out-of-date; I recommend using Windows 2000 SP2, plus the latest hotfixes and updates.

Once you've verified that your cluster is running as expected and tested failover, take a backup of the standalone Exchange 2000 server containing the mailboxes. After the backup has completed, move the mailboxes (using Active Directory Users and Computers) from the un-clustered server to the EVS in the cluster. Once that is complete, re-home any public folders and any other services/components.

Once you have verified everything is working properly for your users, uninstall Exchange 2000 from the standalone server, and remove it from Active Directory.

Hope this helps.

This was first published in October 2001

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