first i apologize if this was asked before. i did search but could not find exactly what i needed
I have BES v 4.0 SP7 and SQL 2000 SP4 running on the same box with about 650 users connecting to Exchange 2003 SP2. So far its been working fine for about 3 years. Recently i have added 2 new back end exchange servers and moved users to the new servers. Now i have BES4.0SP7/SQL2000SP4 and 3 back end exchange mailbox servers. I;m planning to move to BES 4.1SP4 or SP5 and remote SQL 2005 SP2 server.
This is what i;m planning to do on the high level :
Upgrade current BES4.0/SQL box to BES 4.1, then apply SP4. I'm not sure about SP5. i briefly tested it and had problems with pre population among other things. So hopefully this upgrade will go smooth.
Build new SQL 2005 remote server. Attempt to move database from existing SQL2000 to this new remote SQL 2005. This part scares me. I;ve read so many postings and my head hurts.
Once this is done and working i;m going to build 2 new BES4.1 servers and point them to the remote SQL2005 server so that i have one database and then start moving BB users to the 2 new BES servers. What i would like to achive is to spread BB users equally among 3 back end exchange servers with about 200 BB users per back end.
Is database move possible from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005? Do i have to do any upgrades to BES database because of the different versions of SQL server?
I understand that once you have 3 BES servers pointing at the same database you dont need to perform activations?
You still to have 3 separate SRP keys right?