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Installing MS Exchange 2003

By mfaisal_i ·
i am installing ms exchange 2003 in my organization and the questions are as follows

1- after installing MS Server 2003, do i really have to run dcpromo and make it a child domain, or ms exchange dosnt necessarily not require to run dcpromo and make it child domain.

2- On which server i will run /forestprep and /domainprep command.

answer me as soon as possible.

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by TyroneD In reply to Installing MS Exchange 20 ...

Answers:

1. It is recommended and I second the motion, not to install Exchange 2003 on a DC though it can be done. This is a decision you'll really have to think about (This will get you started - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/Analyzer/7423376e-686b-4cda-b90f-cf5cff4f8981.mspx). It's best to run Exchange on it's own server.

If you are running Exchange Server 2003 on a domain controller, using the domain controller promotion tool (DCPromo) to change the computer role is not supported, and it is known to break components such as Microsoft Outlook? Mobile Access (<- an issue listed below).

If you are running Exchange Server on a domain controller without Small Business Server, consider the following issues:
? Exchange Server and Active Directory are both resource-intensive applications. There are performance implications to be considered when both applications are running on the same computer.
? If Exchange Server is running on a domain controller, you must also make that domain controller a global catalog server.
? Several Exchange Server directory components, such as Directory Service Access (DSAccess), Directory Service Proxy (DSProxy), and the Message Categorizer will not fail over to any other domain controller or global catalog server.
? You should not take advantage of the /3GB startup switch in Windows because it could cause Exchange Server to consume all memory, therefore reducing the memory available for Active Directory.
? System shutdown will take considerably longer if the Exchange Server services are not stopped before shutting down or restarting the server.
? This configuration is less secure because Exchange administrators will have local administrative access to Active Directory, enabling them to elevate their own privileges. Additionally, any security vulnerability found in either Exchange Server or Active Directory exposes the other to compromise.
? If you are running Exchange Server 2003 on a domain controll

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by TyroneD In reply to

Wow...I wrote a lot, more to come:

? If you are running Exchange Server 2003 on a domain controller, using the domain controller promotion tool (DCPromo) to change the computer role is not supported, and it is known to break components such as Microsoft Outlook? Mobile Access.
? Running Exchange Server 2003 on a clustered node that is also an Active Directory domain controller is not supported and should never be performed. In other words, if you are running Exchange 2000 Server on a node in a cluster that is also a domain controller, you must demote the server to a member server before upgrading from Exchange 2000 Server to Exchange Server 2003.

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by TyroneD In reply to

Now to answer Question # 2

Running ForestPrep on Exchange Server 2003:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/Ex2k3DepGuide/c0877627-172d-4208-b349-26880665d8fc.mspx

Running DomainPrep on Exchange Server 2003:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/Ex2k3DepGuide/5890c105-8ff0-439e-9c22-4daf13e497b4.mspx

I think the information above will definitely help you in setting up your new Exchange Server 2003 in no time. Let me know if you need further assistance. Good luck!

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by russellrl2 In reply to Installing MS Exchange 20 ...

1. No to the dcpromo as part of the installion will give the server AD users and computers capability.

2. The domain controller.

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by vijay_panchal11 In reply to Installing MS Exchange 20 ...

after installing MS Server 2003, u must install run dc promo for domain and ads installation

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