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  • Adding a Exchange 2007 Server - to a 2003 environment

    Hello,
    I just posted about routing groups but have another question (unrelated).
    I want to setup 1 stand alone Exchange 2007 server in my full Exchange 2003 environment.

    Is it a good idea?

    Can it be done?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Adding a Exchange 2007 Server - to a 2003 environment

    Exchange 2007 setup has /prepforest and /prepdomain prerequisites. Installing Exchange 2007 *will* alter your production network.

    That said, Exchange 2007 and 2003 can co-exist - usually on a migration path. Technet documentation starts here.

    If you want to install Exchange 2007 on your production network in order to learn how to use it, I'd answer your questions thusly: Yes it can be done; No, it's a bad idea.

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      Re: Adding a Exchange 2007 Server - to a 2003 environment

      If you want to learn about Exchange 2007 then don't install it in to the production network. I would suggest that you build a development domain in virtual machines and play around in that.

      Simon.
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      • #4
        Re: Adding a Exchange 2007 Server - to a 2003 environment

        Note that there ***might*** be "issues" with this co-existence, especially if you're only planning to test/learn about it. These "issues" might alter your entire production environment, and your ability to reverse these changes.
        Cheers,

        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
        MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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