Migrate from Exchange 5.5 Chat Service
If you were using the Chat Service included with Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, you may have some settings or configurations that you want to continue using when you install Microsoft Exchange 2000 Chat Service. The Chat migration tool enables you to create a new Chat community on an Exchange 2000 server with the name of the Exchange 5.5 Chat server, and with most of the same settings and configurations.
Note The migration tool will not migrate Chat Service 5.5 extension data. This means that if you had a Profanity Filter or Transcription Extension with your Chat Service 5.5, it is now necessary for you to migrate these manually, so that they will work with Exchange 2000 Chat Service.
The new Chat community you create with the migration tool will be totally separate from your Exchange 5.5 Chat server. Also, if your Exchange 5.5 Chat installation consisted of one Chat service, spanning a network of two or more Exchange servers, be aware that this type of chat installation is not supported by Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. Using the migration tool, you can create similar Chat communities on each of your Exchange 2000 servers. Each of the Exchange 2000 Chat communities on each of the Exchange 2000 servers in your domain will operate separately, with separate user lists and channel lists.
To migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2000 Chat Service from the previous version:
Note For this procedure, the source of the migration tool is the Exchange Chat Service 5.5 server. The target of the migration tool is the Exchange 2000 Chat Service server.
If you are installing Exchange 2000 on a network of servers on which Chat Service 5.5 spanned two or more servers, upgrade all of the machines to Windows 2000 Server, creating a new domain, or configuring each as a member server of an existing domain. All the machines must be in the same domain.
Note A possible name to use is "Microsoft Exchange Chat 5.5," but you can enter any name.
Caution If this step is not completed, Exchange 2000 setup will fail to install Chat Service. However, this step is not necessary if the target is a different machine than the source.
After you run the migration tool, a new Chat community is created on the Exchange 2000 server with the name of the 5.5 Chat server, and with similar server, channel, ban and class configurations. Until you are ready to cut over to the Exchange 2000 server, both Chat services can run simultaneously.
Tip You can also check the chatsetup.log that the migration tool produces. This log will be located in the exchsrvr directory.
Note The migration tool will not migrate Chat Service 5.5 extension data. This means that if you had a Profanity Filter or a Transcription Extension working with your Chat Service 5.5, it will be necessary for you to migrate this manually so that it will work with Exchange 2000 Chat Service.
If you are installing Exchange 2000 on a network of servers on which Chat Service 5.5 was installed on two or more servers:
Important Once a Chat Service 5.5 network has been migrated, each of the servers will operate independently, with separate user lists and channel lists. Exchange 2000 does not support spanning a Chat network across multiple servers.