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    Hi all (this is my first post)

    i have a big problem...

    i have 2 AD 2003 domain controllers and 1 exchange 2003 server

    currently the active exchange server is not a domain controller.
    i want to know what is the prerequisites before adding the server to become DC?

    thanks

  • #2
    Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

    Whilst Exchange 2003 will allow you to install onto a Domain Controller it isn't recommended.
    I don't know if it is possible to run dcpromo on a box whilst Exchange is installed but if it was it would almost certainly break it requiring a re-install of Exchange.

    Why do you need a 3rd DC is the key question?
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    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

      Basically, DONT DO IT!

      MS strongly recommend that Exchange is on a member server and state clearly that promoting an exchange server is not possible http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822179
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

        First, thanks for replying...

        second, i thought to do so because when i'm creating a new mail enabled user in the domain, i don't see the exchange tabs in the user properties. i only see it in the exchange server.

        do you have an alternative way to perform this action?

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        • #5
          Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

          You can install the Exchange Admin Tools (customised version of Active Directory Users and Computers) on any client (XP) or server in the domain. Just run the exchange setup and select "admin tools only" (or something similar) as the install type.

          Alternatively, you can manage users in general from your exchange server without it being a DC
          Tom Jones
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          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

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          • #6
            Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

            thanks again...

            I will try that.

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            • #7
              Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

              Originally posted by Ossian View Post
              You can install the Exchange Admin Tools (customised version of Active Directory Users and Computers) on any client (XP) or server in the domain. Just run the exchange setup and select "admin tools only" (or something similar) as the install type.

              Alternatively, you can manage users in general from your exchange server without it being a DC
              Be careful when installing the Exchange Admin Tools, though it has only happened to me once I had a problem with sending emails (example: from word to Outlook) I traced it to "mapi32.dll". Aparently the Exchange Admin Tools installed older version of the file.

              Note that this has only happened to me once.

              Richard
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              • #8
                Re: change active exchange 2003 to dc

                Microsoft do not support the change of the machine role when Exchange is installed. Therefore if you make the machine a domain controller (or remove the domain controller functionality) with Exchange installed you are unsupported and will most likely break Exchange.

                Also, technically Exchange 2003 ESM and Outlook on the same machine is not supported either - due to the MAPI issues that have been indicated. While it does work (and I have done it myself a number of times) you have to be careful and occasionally things go wrong. It isn't an older version of MAPI that is the problem - it is a different version of MAPI - the one designed for Exchange servers as opposed to Outlook clients.

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