We're in the process of virtualizing our 32-bit Windows 2003 domain, which includes Exchange 2003 and SQL Server 2005. We're going with VMWare vSphere Essentials Plus. The decision has been made to upgrade to Windows 2003 x64 during the process, which also necessitates the need to upgrade to Exchange 2007 64-bit (which we're already licensed for).
As our current setup is 32-bit, a straight-up P2V won't do. My question is, do we implement these as new systems, or should we try to preserve the names, etc. as if we had upgraded?
I think it would be smoothest if we join the new DC to the domain, let it replicate, and add the Exchange 2007 server, move the mailboxes, then demote the old DC and remove the old Exchange server.
Currently it looks like this:
Server 1: Windows 2003 32-bit, DC, Exchange 2003 Server 2: Windows 2003 32-bit, DC, SQL Server 2005 32-bit
Need to make it look like this:
VM 1: Windows 2003 x64, DC, Exchange 2007 VM 2: Windows 2003 x64, DC, SQL Server 2005 64-bit
Am I on the right track?