Exchange Best Practice for DEV/TEST/PROD

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Are there any white papers to show how to setup DEV/TEST/PROD for Exchange 2010? Also, are there any good white papers to show how to migrate from Groupwise to Exchange 2010? Without creating another AD domain its really not a good idea to have DEV/TEST...that is what the cluster nodes are for has always been what I have read.

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I would recommend virtualizing your test environment. Any Hypervisor would make a good test environment segmented off of your production environment. This way development and test are completly segmented from each other and you do not have a test environment mixed into production.

A couple of people I know have been using third party tools to test their migration process from Groupwise to Exchange 2010.

I would recommend Quest -

Here is a very detailed migration process for Exchange 2007 from Groupwsie which would be very close to Exchange 2010 -



Make a test environment in a virtual. We are fortunate here, in that we have an actual lab space downstairs, away from our production environment. Our network infrastructure team set us up down there with switching and access to the internet, completely separated from production.

As far as the Groupwise to Exch2010 migration, we're in the same boat. Which is why we've setup the lab environment, to test a couple vendors' tools. We're looking at Quest, and Messaging Architects. The idea with both is essentially the same. You do a mass move of archive folders, etc. before you actually plan to switch over. Then, on that "weekend switchover" you move all the remaining data, import just what you want into the Exchange environment, repoint your MX record, and you're ready to test the migration.
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