Moving Mailboxes

Our group currently has Exchange Server 2003 running, but we are planning to install Exchange Server 2007 on another server. My question is—can I move the mailboxes from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007 without integration?

—Jon T.

When you say you want to move mailboxes to the Exchange 2007 server without any form of integration, I assume you mean moving the mailboxes to an Exchange 2007 server in another Active Directory forest? If that is the case, the answer is yes. You can move your mailboxes directly from an Exchange 2003 server in one Active Directory forest to an Exchange 2007 server in another.

In order to do this, you have to use the Move-Mailbox cmdlet (this is because the Exchange Management Console does not allow you to perform cross-forest mailbox moves). If you would like to find further details on exactly how this is accomplished, I recommend that you take a look at the "How to Move a Mailbox Across Forests" topic in the Exchange Server 2007 documentation on TechNet.

—Henrik Walther, TechNet Magazine Columnist, Exchange Q & A


Regarding the December 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine, I am writing to say thank you to Joshua Hoffman for going out on a limb and allowing this to be published.

I would also really like to thank Wes Miller for writing "Interacting with Windows from a Mac Environment", Don Jones for "Managing Macs in Your Windows Environment", and Gil Kirkpatrick for "Authenticate Linux Clients with Active Directory." And to the rest of the TechNet Magazine team in general, thank you for that issue.

I work in an environment where Mac, Linux/Unix, and Windows machines all need to interoperate happily. It's been a tragedy trying to get the various flavors of Linux, Mac, and Windows to all properly authenticate via Active Directory. Countless late-night expeditions to the Internet reading thousands of forums, .config files, help-me-out Web sites, and braving the chatter on IRC to arm myself with the technical kung-fu required to be the guy who "makes it work" in a cutthroat IT market.

Speaking from this experience, Gil has done a tremendous job in this step-by-step guideline for IT pros and hobbyists alike to integrate non-Windows systems into the Windows environment. And he made sure to include all of the "gotchas" that come along (many of which have consequently caused me to stumble when working on integration projects).

—KC M.

Thank you for your very kind note, KC. It's certainly gratifying to hear that you're finding interop articles from the December 2008 issue useful. While this the topic of interop is certainly a challenge for us to cover in a balanced way, our goal is to always try to provide the most practical and relevant content to help IT pros be successful in their jobs.

If we were able to help you and other readers in that regard, we couldn't be more pleased. Of course, we can't let a compliment go unpunished! Please make sure to keep coming back to us with constructive criticism, feedback, and suggestions for new topics you'd like to see covered in these pages. Keep pushing us, and I promise we'll deliver. Thanks again!

—Joshua Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief, TechNet Magazine

Macs and Windows

Wes Miller's December 2008 article "Interacting with Windows from a Mac Environment" was great. We have seen a big influx of Apple Macs in our Active Directory Domain, and yes, it can be done quite easily.

—Dan A., Posted on the TechNet Blog

Thanks, Dan. As we pointed out in the December 2008 issue, our job here is not to take sides on which platform is best (I think you probably know our opinion there!) but rather to make sure that you, as IT professionals, are equipped to address the needs of your business. Hopefully that's what we have achieved.

—Joshua Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief, TechNet Magazine

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