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Rapid transition guide from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

Posted by Milind Naphade on 30/01/2010

Rapid transition guide from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010


I am glad to present this Rapid Transition Guide From Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010.

This guide will walk you through the most important considerations and steps that you need to perform before, during, and after the deployment of Exchange 2010 server.

This guide is written for the IT administrators of an existing Exchange 2003 organization which contains small to medium scale deployments.

This guide mainly focuses on a typical transition of Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 environment which includes the transition of Exchange 2003 backend and front end servers to Exchange 2010 mailbox server role, client access server role and hub transport server role installed using the typical installation method.

You can download this transition guide from Here

I will appreciate your comments and feedback on this guide. Please feel free to drop me an email at geek @ msexchangegeek . com if you think this guide has some important content missing.

EDIT: There is a change in Exchange 2010 SP1 setup UI which allows you to install and configure Windows Server Features required for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Server roles. Except those changes in the setup UI this guide remains same for the simplest transition scenario. In case you have further questions please feel free to write tome at geek @ or use the blog contact form.

Thanks to everyone for their valuable feedback. πŸ™‚


34 Responses to “Rapid transition guide from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010”

  1. Gaurav Kumra said

    Thank, this is very helpful.

  2. Very good document, just read through it. Its a nice document to use as a checklist in migration scenarios. Good job πŸ™‚

  3. Ganesh said


  4. Ratish said

    Buddy, This is pretty impressive stuff…great going..!!!

  5. Thank you Gaurav, Stale, Ganesh and Ratish. Your comments are much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  6. Amit Tank said

    A great step by step doc and the one that all messaging engineers/consultants need.

    Hope to see more similar guides… πŸ˜‰

  7. Biplab said

    This is one of the best Transition guide present online.. Thanks and great Job

  8. Thank you Amit and Biplab πŸ™‚

  9. Milind….Pretty Neat πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you Nitin πŸ™‚

  11. Trey Cooper said

    Awesome guide. Can you make one similar for single sign-of between Ex2010 and Ex2003? I’m having a lot of trouble getting it to work.

  12. Hi Trey,

    Thank you for your comment. Could you please let me know what exactly would you like to see in the guide? If this is something that can be solved immediately I would be more than glad to help. Please feel free to email me using the Contact form if I can be any help.

  13. Most Wated Guide for Exchange administrators.
    Instructions are Crystal. Excellent Job πŸ™‚

  14. Nick said

    Excellent guide, its helped me add a few extra things to our migration checklist that no one had thought of yet so had hopefully saved a few headaches later on!

  15. […] Nick on Feb.19, 2010, under Exchange Server, Windows Server Just been reading this guide over at and think that anyone who is planning an Exchange 2003 to […]

  16. Thanks Nick. I am glad that you found it helpful. πŸ™‚

  17. Jeelani Munawar said

    HI Exchange Geek,

    Nice document men, continue in future.

    Jeelani Munawar

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  19. Brajesh said

    Pretty good document.. Keep it up!

  20. […] Posted by Brajesh Panda on March 19, 2010 Nice document posted by Milind; […]

  21. Thanks Brajesh πŸ™‚ glad to see your writeups too.. Great job. Keep up!

  22. Ex2010 said

    Very good documentation. We hope we’ll see soon from you a documentation for transition from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010.

    Thank you guy for your hard work.

  23. Mike B said

    This was a ‘huge’ help to me. Thanks!

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  25. Joseph Sugayan said

    Good Guide!

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  27. Chaly said

    This was realy helpfull.
    Thank you very much for creating this Straight forward document.

  28. Akhil said


    You have done a great job.Its very usefull

  29. Sohail said

    Great guide,

    One question which bothers me is that, during the process of upgrade is any downtime involved before moving mailboxes..?? would exchange 2003 work as usual during the upgrade?/ etc..

  30. Hi Sohail, Thank you for your question. The only downtime you will experience is during the mailbox move. Because Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 online move does not work users may experience connectivity to their mailbox. If you are talking about the downtime from server perspective, then No there is no downtime you have to consider; except for the reboot of the server in case you need to do that.

  31. zontna said


    so i insert teh exchange 2010 CD to AD server to run the preparation?

    Thanky you,


  32. gtwehhw said

    From the PDF:
    “This guide mainly focuses on a typical transition of Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 environment which includes the transition of Exchange 2003 backend and front end servers to Exchange 2010 mailbox server role, client access server role and hub transport server role installed using the typical installation method.”

    This is simply not true. This guide does not refer in any way to a mgiration of a typcial FE/BE 2003 Exchange server infrastructure to a 2010 infrastructure, so it is completely misleading and useless for people who search for information regarding such a scenario. Totally false advertisment.

  33. @gtwehhw: Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate that. This is not an advertisement and I am not getting paid even a single penny for this πŸ™‚ So I will suggest you to use and search for the things that are missing from the document. I will definitely update the document though. If you could share your email address with me using the contact form, I will be more than happy to help you with updated document.

    Also, there are few very good articles by MS Exchange Team for FE transition. You can refer below:

    I hope that helps.

  34. madferret said

    Nice article, missing some legacy config information,
    With yours and this guide
    Should be able to put a plan together…


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