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  • Is Exchange 2003 Front End Server Needed

    I am configuring an Exchange 2003 Server for client access over ISA Server 2006. All the articles I see refer to setting up a front-end server for the purpose.

    This is a small organisation. Is the front end server absolutely necessary or can it be done using the main Exchange Server only?

    Bob

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    Re: Is Exchange 2003 Front End Server Needed

    The only deployments I've seen with Front End servers have a cluster on the back end. For a single standalone Exchange server there is no requirement to have a Front End Server as well.
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      Re: Is Exchange 2003 Front End Server Needed

      For a small org I wouldn't even bother with an ISA server, but that is just me.

      Frontend servers are for load, not security. So while Microsoft's documentation is rather biased towards fe/be, it is not a requirement and Exchange can be deployed without it.

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        Re: Is Exchange 2003 Front End Server Needed

        Thanks to both of you!
        Bob

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