Switching Between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2003

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How can I successfully switch between Exchange 5.5 hosted by Windows 2000 server and Exchange 2003 hosted by Windows Server 2003?

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Switching Between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2003

Hi there Sue K Burgos,
Exchange Server 2003 should be used in the native mode instead of the mixed mode, so instead of just switching them you should migrate your server completely to the 2003. It's quite a lot of work, but the whole process is pretty straight forward and you shouldn't have any problems doing that. 
Please, visit the following link for detailed instructions for how to migrate from Exchange Server 5.5 to the Exchange Server 2003: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998708(v=exchg.65).aspx.
Best regards,
Drake Vivian
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Switching Between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2003


If you want to do that, the best way to do it is with VirtualBox. Since both Microsoft Exchange applications are installed on different Microsoft Windows operating systems, installing one of the two operating systems on VirtualBox will allow you to do fast switching because the other operating system is running on a window in virtual machine. Visit Oracle VirtualBox and download the latest version.

Before attempting to install a second operating system via virtual machine, make sure your computer’s specifications can support running two operating systems simultaneously. VirtualBox supports Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Solaris, and OpenSolaris as host operating system. For guest operating systems, visit VirtualBox Status: Guest OSes to check for compatibility. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is supported as guest operating system.

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