Upgrading Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

You cannot upgrade a computer running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007. For instructions on transitioning from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007, see Upgrading to Exchange Server 2007.

In general terms, the transition consists of deploying computers running Exchange Server 2007 and then moving storage groups from the computers running Exchange Server 2003 to the new servers.

How to maintain data protection during a transition to Exchange Server 2007

  1. Deploy Exchange Server 2007.

  2. Create empty storage groups and databases on the computer running Exchange Server 2007.

  3. Install protection agents on the computers running Exchange Server 2007.

  4. Create new protection groups, and add the databases and storage groups that you created in step 2.

  5. Move the mailboxes to the computers running Exchange Server 2007.

  6. Remove all storage groups that will be moved to computers running Exchange Server 2007 from their existing protection groups, selecting the Retain protected data option.

    DPM will retain the associated replica, recovery points, and tapes for the retention range specified. You can recover data from the recovery points and tapes to a computer running Exchange Server 2003.

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