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Tool suggestions for an NT/Exchange 5.5 to Win2003/Exchange 2003 migration

I am doing a consolidation and migration from two NT servers to a new Windows 2003 server, which will also have Exchange 2003. One of the NT servers is running Exchange 5.5. What migration tools do you suggest using?

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From the domain perspective, you will need the Active Directory Migration Tool at a minimum. Another option would be third-party tools. You can search for domain migration using your favorite Internet search engine.

There are many third-party vendors that produce NT to Active Directory migration tools, including the company I work for. You should do an exhaustive evaluation based on the criteria important to your purchasing decisions, should you go down the third-party route.

On the Exchange migration, again you will need either ExMerge from Microsoft (free), or Intra-Org, which uses the Active Directory Connector (ADC) and places the Exchange 2003 server in the Exchange 5.5 site. Or, you can do an Inter-Org migration, which is definitely best done with some third-party tools.

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Related information from the TechTarget Windows Network:

  • Learning Guide: Exchange Migration
  • Reference Center: Migration tools

  • This was first published in October 2005

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