Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-03-14

This topic provides an overview of the process required to move a server running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 to new hardware and keep the same server name. Because Exchange 2007 server roles are restored differently, different steps and considerations are involved when moving each server role. All server roles except Edge Transport can be restored using the command-line command Setup /M:RecoverServer. The /M:RecoverServer switch takes configuration data from the Active Directory directory service and applies the data to an Exchange 2007 server during setup. The Edge Transport server role does not use Active Directory to store any configuration data, so you can't use the Setup /M:RecoverServer command to restore an Edge Transport server.

You must apply some settings manually in the registry, in the Internet Information Services (IIS) metabase, in local XML files on the server, or in other local files on the server. These manual settings will not be replayed with the /M:RecoverServer switch. For more information about specific settings, see What Needs to Be Protected in an Exchange Environment, which covers what needs to be backed up on each server to make sure that you do not have any custom settings that might be missed.

The differences related to where each server role stores configuration information and what steps need to be taken to move a server role to new hardware are as follows:

For detailed procedures about moving a server role to new hardware, see the following topics:

For More Information

For more information about using Setup /M:RecoverServer, see Understanding Setup /M:RecoverServer.