Rename Server with Exchange 2010

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I have decided to migrate to exchange 2010 from exchange 2003. I have a very large user base but a very small IT department. I would really like to not have to go around and reconfigure all of the Outlook clients. If my current server is called ServerA and my new one is ServerB, can I migrate the mailboxes to ServerB then decommission ServerA. After ServerA is offline, can I then rename ServerB to ServerA?

Or, is there a way for me to mass change where my outlook clients connect? All clients, except for 3, are Outlook 2007.


Kevin K

Leif Pedersen [MVP]


You can't rename an Exchange server.

But your setup should not cause a problem. After you have moved a mailbox from the old server to the new server Outlook will find that the mailbox has been moved at reconfigure itself to point to the new server. And Outlook 2007 and higher can use the autodiscover service to find and configure itself to the user's mailbox server (CAS server when using Exchange 2010)


Brian Day MCITP

The older Outlook clients will need the old server to remain online until they log into the new server once. If you decomission ServerA before they do then Outlook's auto-profile update won't work. Outlook 2007 as Leif mentioned will just use Autodiscover so they don't need that.

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