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    Hi,

    We have primary DC server remotely in Texas and another seconday DC server at our work place (NY) these are connected through VPN (Both gets replicated). I am trying to install Exchange 2003 in a new server that is in the same network as secondary DC server in NY now when ever I install the ForestPrep or Domain prep or system manager I keep getting cannot connect to the schema master located on "Server Name". (Shows the primary DC server name) and says please check the connectivity or you have sufficient permission to access the Schema master.

    But I would like to direct my exchange to the secondary DC which is in the same network. How do I go about doing it? Is this possible?

    Awaiting your response!
    Thanks!

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    Re: Exchange 2003 Installation on the same network as second DC.

    Is this your first exchange server or part of an existing exchange organisation?

    Assuming it is new, the Exchange install will need to contact the Schema master. IIRC, there are some tests (NetDiag and DCDiag) as part of the setup "wizard" -- did those work OK?

    Once Exchange is in, it will happily talk to your local DC
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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2003 Installation on the same network as second DC.

      You'll need the local DC to ba a GC as well. As for connecting to the Shema Master, check your VPN connection as that may be where the problem is.

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2003 Installation on the same network as second DC.

        The global catalog is the first thing to be checked.
        However Exchange uses the first DC to respond, which could be a remote server. You need to use Sites and Services in AD to control the use of domain controllers.

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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2003 Installation on the same network as second DC.

          Thanks.. How do I control it through Active directory Sites?

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2003 Installation on the same network as second DC.

            Originally posted by raamkum View Post
            Thanks.. How do I control it through Active directory Sites?
            There is no easy answer to that.
            AD design has to be done with care, and that includes sites and services configuration. If you haven't done a multi site design then I suggest that you get someone in to assist. Get it wrong and you can cause all sorts of problems.

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