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Exchange 2000 with NT4 and Exchange 5.5

By joshg ·
We would like to take advantage of the new features of OWA for Exchange 2000. Can we do this without migrating our entire 8 domain NT4 setup with 8 Exchange 5.5 sites. Can I just run one Win2000 server with OWA and running the exchange 5.5 connectors.

Our local users would still connect to 5.5 with Outlook but remote users could connect with Outlook Web Access on Exchange 2000?

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Exchange 2000 with NT4 and Exchange 5.5

by timwalsh In reply to Exchange 2000 with NT4 an ...

You will need to migrate at least 1 of your domains to a Win2K Active Directory (AD) domain (or create a separate Win2K domain). Exchange 2000 MUST have access to an AD domain (but doesn't need to be installed on an AD Domain Controller (DC), although that is your best bet).
Unlike Exchange 5.5 (where you have a separate recipient container), Exchange 2000 gets ALL of its recipient information from Active Directory.
Also unlike Exchange 5.5, where you have a separate Internet Mail Service, Exchange 2000 relies heavily on the SMTP service (and other pieces) of IIS 5.

Also (for what it's worth), I think that implementing Windows 2000 (with Active Directory) and Exchange 2000 is an aweful expensive (and time consuming) (and sometimes painful) solution just to take advantage of a better version of OWA.
BUT, that's up to you.

Hope this answers your question.

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Exchange 2000 with NT4 and Exchange 5.5

by joshg In reply to Exchange 2000 with NT4 an ...

We will probably hold off on the Exchange 2000 Migration for a day or two. Thought maybe there would be an easy way to get the latest verison of OWA with out the full W2K AD hassle.

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