How to Move an Exchange 2007 Edge Transport Server to New Hardware Keeping the Same Server Name
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.
Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3
This topic explains how to move a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport server to new hardware and keep the same server name.
Before You Begin
To move an Exchange 2007 Edge Transport server to new hardware, the account you use must be delegated the Exchange Organization Administrator role. For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange 2007, see Permission Considerations.
See Edge Transport Server Data, which covers what needs to be backed up on a Edge Transport server, to make sure that you do not have any custom settings that might be missed with the following procedure.
To move an Exchange 2007 Edge Transport server to new hardware keeping the same server name
Capture all of your Edge Transport server configuration data using cloned configuration tasks, as follows:
Copy the ExportEdgeConfig.ps1 script to the root folder of your user profile on the server that you are backing up.
Capture the configuration with the ExportEdgeConfig.ps1 script by running the following command in the Exchange Management Shell:
Replace C:\CloneConfigData.xml with the full path of the XML backup file to be created by the ExportEdgeConfig.ps1 script.
The confirmation message "Edge configuration data is exported successfully to: C:/CloneConfigData.xml" appears.
Copy the output file to a secure location.
For more information about exporting Edge Transport server configuration data, see How to Back Up Edge Transport Servers by Using Cloned Configuration Tasks.
Shut down the existing Exchange 2007 server.
Reset the computer account for the existing Exchange 2007 server. To do so, follow these steps:
Using Active Directory Users and Computers, locate the computer account for the existing Exchange 2007 server that you are moving, right-click the computer account, and then click Reset Account.
Bring the new computer online, and then confirm that the new computer is running the same operating system that was installed on the existing Exchange 2007 server.
When you first bring the new server online, make sure that the new server has a unique computer name on the network.
Rename the new server to the same name as the original server that you are replacing, and then join this computer to the domain.
You must not delete the original computer account from the domain before you join the new server to the domain. Also, do not delete the original Exchange 2007 server.
For drives that contained Exchange 2007 data, configure drive letters on the new server to map to or match the configuration of the old server. Verify that the drives have sufficient space to accommodate the restored data.
Run Exchange 2007 Setup, by running the following command:
When the Setup program has completed, install the Exchange 2007 service pack that was installed on the existing server.
Install any Exchange 2007 post-service pack hotfixes that were installed on the existing server.
Copy the ImportEdgeConfig.ps1 script to the root folder of your user profile on the server that you are restoring.
Validate the configuration file, and create an answer file that will provide server-specific information when the file is imported by running the following command in the Exchange Management Shell:
./ImportEdgeConfig.ps1 -CloneConfigData "C:\CloneConfigData.xml" -IsImport $false -CloneConfigAnswer "C:\CloneConfigAnswer.xml"
Open the answer file, and modify any settings that are invalid for the server. If no modifications are required, the answer file will have no entries. Save your changes.
Import the Edge Transport server configuration by using the ImportEdgeConfig.ps1 script. Run the following command in the Exchange Management Shell:
./ImportEdgeConfig.ps1 -CloneConfigData "C:\CloneConfigData.xml" -IsImport $true -CloneConfigAnswer "C:\CloneConfigAnswer.xml"
Replace C:\CloneConfigData.xml with the full path of the intermediate XML template that will be used by the ImportEdgeConfig.ps1 script. Replace C:\CloneConfigAnswer.xml with the full path of the XML answer file.
The confirmation message "Importing Edge configuration information succeeded" appears.
For more information about importing Edge Transport server configuration data, see How to Restore Edge Transport Servers by Using Cloned Configuration Tasks.
Run the EdgeSync process to replicate Active Directory information to Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and perform regularly scheduled synchronization. For more information, see Subscribing the Edge Transport Server to the Exchange Organization.
If the IP address of the Exchange 2007 server changes, make sure that you update Domain Name System (DNS) records. If you do not update DNS records, other servers may try to connect to the previous address.
For More Information
For more information about moving servers that are running Exchange 2007, see Moving Exchange Servers to New Hardware and Keeping the Same Server Name.