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Upgrading from Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition to Enterprise Edition

My company currently uses Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition integrated within a Microsoft Windows domain (Windows 2000 Server SP4 operating system). We would like to upgrade to Exchange 2000 Server Enterprise Edition. What steps should we take?

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I am guessing that you are upgrading due to wanting more compact storage. It would be better to upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition and then apply SP2. That will give you a limit of 75 GB. To upgrade from Exchange 2000 Server to Exchange Server 2003 you can do an in-place upgrade by inserting the installation CD.

To update from Exchange 2000 Server Standard to Enterprise Edition, again just put the CD in and do in-place upgrade. Remember, after you upgrade from Standard to Enterprise, don't mount the databases until you've applied similar service packs to the Enterprise implementation as compared to the service packs you applied to the Standard edition.

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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Expert Advice: In-place upgrade of Exchange 2003 over Exchange 2000
  • Expert Advice: How long will it take to do an in-place upgrade?
  • Expert Advice: Upgrade from Exchange 2000 to 2003 in one or two steps?
  • Tip: Preparing for an Exchange 2003 upgrade
  • Learning Guide: Exchange Server migration
  • Reference Center: Exchange Server deployment and migration advice
  • This was first published in September 2006

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