Transition from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 – Part 2

In part 2 we will start with preparing the forest and then Installing Exchange Server 2010.

Since this is a mixed mode environment we have to run below commands.


Figure 1 : setup /pl

In figure 1 we are running the command from D drive. Ensure that you run the command from the drive where it holds the Exchange setup and other binary files.


Figure 2 : Setup /pl completed

Once it is completed. Run the below command to extend the forest schema.


Figure 3 : Setup /ps


Figure 4 : Setup /ps completed

Now Prepare AD


Figure 5 : Setup /p


Figure 6 : Setup /p completed

Post completion open Exchange System Manager and you will see the Exchange Administrative Group.


Figure 7 : Exchange Administrative Group

Now its time to install the core Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64 Bit member server.

Navigate to the drive folder which holds Exchange Setup files. Double click on Setup.exe.

There are certain steps which is easy to follow so I have skipped them.


Figure 8 : Installation type

In figure 8 we will select typical


Figure 9 : Client Access server External Domain

In figure 9 you will enter the name for external client access. Example


Figure 10 : Bridgehead Server


Figure 11 : CEIP


Figure 12 : Readiness Check Completed


Figure 13 : Setup Finished


Figure 14 : Exchange System Manager

In figure 14 we can see there are RG Connectors created automatically by the Setup. This connector is required for internal mail flow between Exchange Server 2003 and 2010. Also to replicate PF from 2003 to 2010.

Post installation just confirm the database path and log files path. By default they will be on the drive where setup was installed.

Create few test mailboxes and confirm mail flow is working to and fro.

In part 3 we will moving public folders and mailboxes. Post which we will be uninstalling Exchange Server 2003.


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