Unity 4.05 UM with Exchange2000 partner server and W2k OS in one geographical site, part of a global deployment of one AD infrastructure- customer wants to centralize all mailboxes in one location in North America. I currently have an extra Unity 4.05 UM with Exchange 2003 and W2K OS installed at that site where the mailboxes are to be moved to. My question is can I do a DIRT backup of the existing site (only difference here is the e2k sys tools v/ e2k3 system tools on each server), they are both servers in the same dialing domain. Can I do a DIRT restore in this scenario and bring the server back online, and then at a later date will move the mailboxes and reconfigure unity to point to the new partner mailstore as I usually would - will this work?
Or do you think it would be better to just power down the two unity servers (failover) and have them shipped to the new site, re-IP them accordingly and then bring them back up. (of course would do a DIRT backup and pull a disk first, all the usual good stuff). Is that all I would have to do? UTIM information wont change at this time, will still be pointing to the same CM cluster. (just need to repoint the CM cluster to this unity server?)
Pros and Cons greatly appreciated.