How to Move an Exchange 2007 Client Access 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 Client Access server to new hardware and keep the same server name.
Before You Begin
To move an Exchange 2007 Client Access 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 Client Access Server Data, which covers what needs to be backed up on a Client Access 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 Client Access server to new hardware keeping the same server name
To capture all of your manually set Internet Information Services (IIS) virtual directory configurations, run the following Exchange Management Shell command:
Get-OwaVirtualDirectory "owa (default web site)" | export-clixml Owa.xml -depth
Copy the Owa.xml file to a location that can be accessed by the new server after it is available and the old server is shut down.
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 with the following parameter:
For more information about running Setup.com /M:RecoverServer, see Understanding Setup /M:RecoverServer.
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.
To restore your manually set IIS virtual directory configurations, run the following Exchange Management Shell script:
Restorevdir.ps1 is an Exchange Management Shell script that restores your IIS virtual directories. You have to create this script by following the "Before You Begin" section in How to Back Up and Recover a Client Access Server.
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.