Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 migration tutorial

Discover Exchange 2007 migration best practices, planning considerations and potential pitfalls to avoid before embarking on your Exchange 2007 migration.

Exchange Server 2007's new architecture can make migrating to the new messaging platform a challenge. Careful planning and a solid understanding of Exchange 2007's infrastructure -- including the five new server roles and 64-bit architectural requirements -- will ensure a seamless migration process. This Exchange 2007 Migration Spotlight features expert webcasts and tutorials that offer best practices and deployment planning considerations that will help you achieve success and avoid potential pitfalls that may arise along the way.

Exchange Server 2007 migration webcasts and podcasts

Best practices for managing the Exchange 2007 migration process
In this webcast, Exchange MVP Mark Arnold explains the considerations companies must evaluate in order to achieve a seamless Exchange 2007 migration. He also outlines potential pitfalls you should be aware of before making the leap to Microsoft's newest messaging platform.

Exchange 2007 migration plan considerations
In this podcast, Exchange MVP Mark Arnold enforces the notion that matching up what a business needs with what you can deliver is the key to an Exchange 2007 migration plan. He discusses the most important aspects of an Exchange 2007 migration plan and offers questions you should ask yourself throughout this process.

An introduction to Exchange 2007 design and architecture
Because the architecture of Exchange 2007 is vastly different from previous versions of Exchange Server, understanding its unique design and structure is vital in executing a successful migration strategy. In this webcast, Exchange MVP Brien Posey provides an introduction to Exchange 2007's design and architectural features, including an overview of the five new server roles: the Mailbox Server role; the Hub Transport Server role; the Client Access Server role; the Edge Transport Server role; and the Unified Messaging Server role.

Exchange Server 2007 migration tutorials and tips

Tutorial: Planning an Exchange Server 2007 migration
Migrating to Exchange Server 2007 can be complicated or simple, depending on the configuration of your existing Exchange Server organization. Adequate planning and testing is crucial to a successful migration process. This tutorial explains prerequisites for migrating to Exchange 2007, as well as some differences from previous versions of Exchange. You'll also learn how to deploy Exchange server roles, set up Exchange 2007 hardware, and create a lab environment to test Exchange 2007 migration scenarios.

Tutorial: Moving mailboxes and public folders to Exchange 2007
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 offers multiple methods for moving mailboxes and public folders from Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2000. The Exchange Management Console's Move Mailbox Wizard is a native GUI tool administrators can use to easily migrate mailboxes from older versions of Exchange to Exchange 2007. For script-savvy administrators, the Exchange Management Shell is also an option. This tutorial outlines step-by-step how to identify legacy Exchange mailboxes and public folders and move them to Exchange 2007.

Exchange 2007 prerequisites and custom server role installation
When migrating to Exchange Server 2007 from previous versions of Exchange, there's more to the installation process than a simple upgrade. Server roles play a larger part in Exchange Server 2007, and the Exchange 2007 installation process varies considerably based on which server roles you plan to deploy. This tip begins with an outline of Exchange 2007's installation prerequisites and a brief introduction to its server roles, including the Hub Transport, Mailbox, Client Access, Edge Transport and Unified Messaging server roles. It then explains step-by-step how to execute a custom Exchange 2007 server role installation and perform critical updates.

Migrating resource mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007
Contrary to what some administrators believe, you don't have to delete your Exchange Server 2003 resource mailboxes and start from scratch on Exchange Server 2007. Once you've migrated your resource mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007, you can use a simple Exchange Management Shell process to convert the legacy resource mailboxes to Exchange 2007 room or equipment mailboxes. This tip explains how.

Tutorial: A primer on Exchange 2007 server roles
When planning and designing an Exchange Server 2007 deployment (even in a lab), one of the first concepts you need to understand is what server roles are and when to use them. In this tutorial, Microsoft Exchange MVP David Sengupta introduces Exchange 2007's five server roles and explains their significance in an Exchange 2007 infrastructure.

Preparing for Exchange Server 2007
Because of major Exchange Server architecture changes, moving from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 is going to be as dramatic and complex as upgrading from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000. Exchange MVP Brien Posey discusses the Exchange Server 2007 hardware and infrastructure issues you need to start preparing for now.

What's missing from Exchange Server 2007
Find out what features no longer exist in Exchange Server 2007, so you can plan an eventual Exchange Server 2007 deployment without any nasty surprises.

Exchange 2007 memory and hardware configuration best practices
Find out what the best memory and hardware configuration is for a 64-bit Exchange Server 2007 installation.

Migrating antispam settings from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007
Learn about a Microsoft utility called the Anti-Spam Migration Tool that migrates spam-filtering settings from an Exchange 2003 installation to an Exchange 2007 deployment.

Testing Exchange Server 2007 on a virtual machine
Learn how you can test Exchange Server 2007 on a virtual machine using Microsoft's new virtual computing program, VHD Test Drive.

This was first published in March 2008

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