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Migration From Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013

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  • I am getting ready to install Windows Server 2012 and Exchange 2013 in our environment. I currently have Exchange 2003 installed. We have about 20 users and I am trying to find the best way to transition to Exchange 2013.

    I might be wrong but this was my plan.

    1. Have users backup all their emails locally to a PST file.

    2. Install the new Exchange 2013. Create new mailboxes for everyone.

    3. Go to users workstation and upload the backed up PST file.

    Would this scenario work or am I completely on the wrong track?

    Also there is a ton of Public Folders to transfer to the new Exchange, what is the best process for doing this?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:31 PM

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  • The supported track is from 2007 or 2010 to 2013 once Microsoft adds this functionality. However for 2003 it is not supported at all. Are you planning to uninstall Exchange 2003? Move to a new Forest?

    The best plan would be to wait for migration support for 2010, migrate to 2010 and then migrate to 2013. Don't rush it. This will be clean and enable you to migrate your data from Public Folders as well.

    That would be my recommendation.


    JAUCG - Please remeber to mark replies as helpful if they were or as answered if I provided a solution.

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:43 PM
  • So if I have a bunch of Public Folders that I need is there a way to get those to Exchange 2013 or is it not possible?
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 7:52 PM
  • You can.  Se this blog article:

    http://terenceluk.blogspot.com/2011/12/manually-transferring-public-folders.html


    JAUCG - Please remeber to mark replies as helpful if they were or as answered if I provided a solution.

    • Marked as answer by PIaTuXl Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:57 PM
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 8:01 PM
  • Thank you, that article was very helpful. 

    I can also have all users backup their mailbox to a PST file and then transition to Exchange 2013 and then connect the Outlook client to the new Exchange 2013 and import the user PST file?

    Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:27 PM
  • yes, you can do that as well if you need.

    JAUCG - Please remeber to mark replies as helpful if they were or as answered if I provided a solution.

    • Marked as answer by PIaTuXl Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:57 PM
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:28 PM
  • if you looking for tools:

    We don’t support an "upgrade" from Exchange 2003 to 2013, however, we do support a cross-forest migration. In fact, we support going from 2000, 2003, 2007, & 2010 directly to Exchange 2013 in a cross-forest scenario. Obviously, this would require a resource forest, however, it is still a viable option vs. having to migrate (i.e. move mailboxes) multiple times to jump versions and in some cases has less risk to the production AD/Exchange environment.

    Link to product:

    http://www.priasoft.com/

    Link to more info on resource forests:

    http://community.priasoft.com/blogs/exchange_migration_team_blog/archive/2010/05/20/using-a-dedicated-exchange-forest-resource-forest.aspx

    Hope this helps, Cheers!


    CJ www.priasoft.com

    Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:44 PM