Exchange Server 2000/2003 migration worries
I would like to upgrade from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 or 2003.
Which would you recommend, Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003?
Also, we have three sites running Exchange 5.5. I am
responsible for only one of them, and our server receives messages from
our main site (not mine). Can Exchange 2000 and/or 2003 work with
Exchange 5.5 in a distributed e-mail server environment? If I upgraded
my Exchange server to 2000/2003 will I have problems replicating
Exchange accounts to the main site?
Migrating to Exchange 2003 from Exchange 5.5 is easier than migrating to Exchange 2000 because of the new tools that are available to help administrators migrate. Also, Exchange 2003 has been around for 12 months now and Service Pack 1 has just been released. A
mixed 2003/5.5 environment will work just fine. You will, however, have to
implement Active Directory with a mind to expanding it later to
encompass the other locations. Your site will run the Active Directory
Connector and install the First Exchange 2003 Server into the Existing
Exchange 5.5 Organization. I encourage you to visit the Exchange
Technical Library at the url below, specifically the Exchange Server 2003 Deployment Guide
This was first published in June 2004