I would like to move Exchange 2000 from a Windows 2000 server to a Windows 2000 cluster. Are there any major problems in doing this?
Generally, no, there shouldn't be any gotchas in doing this. Although, since any major procedure involving production servers is capable of going bad, be sure to have a complete backup before proceeding.
You can't turn an existing standalone Exchange 2000 server into a clustered server, so your choice of migration paths is somewhat limited. Basically you create a new Exchange 2000 cluster and then use the Move Mailbox utility to move the mailboxes and public folders from the standalone Exchange server to an Exchange virtual server in your cluster.
Before moving any mailboxes, make sure that you've tested your cluster and that its ready for production.
This was first published in March 2001