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    Migrating exchange 2007 to new server install

    We are upgrading to server 2008 R2 over the summer. The current exchange server is on server 2003 x64. Is it a good idea to do a simple upgrade on this server or is a fresh install better?

    With Service pack 3 for Exchange 2007 supporting 2008 R2, is it a better idea to migrate the data from the old 2003 server to a clean 2008 server? If so does anyone have any experience of this?

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    First question, are you also upgrading the physical hardware?
    Second question, are you/will you be running virtualised servers?

    The responses to these questions will help define a clearer upgrade path.

    An in-place upgrade of a standalone server from Windows 2003 to 2008 running Exchange 2007 in not supported.
    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/20...16/446709.aspx
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    We are currently running server 2003 x64 virtually using ESX Server 3.5. This is our exchange server. But we are looking to upgrade or create a clean install using another virtual machine

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    You would need to complete a clean install on a new virtual machine(s).

    If you are currently running Exchange 2007 virtual on the x64 Windows 2003 you could leave this in-place as the mailbox server role. Then create a new Windows 2008 VM and seperate the other Exchange roles onto this new VM. This will provide a co-existing setup while you plan the next phase of the migration to move the mailbox role onto new 2008 VM(s).

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