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    I am trying to help a friend plan for an installation of Exchange 2003 as well as introducing Active Directory for about 40 users. There will be two servers, an older one that is currently NT, but will be blown away and installed with 2003, in which very few users (< 10) access the application on it. And a new server which will be the exchange server and have the bulk of the users accessing it. Couple of questions:

    1. Which server should be the Active Directory DC?
    2. Can they both be DCs, for fault tolerance, what would be the best practice? (My concern is if the 1st server dies, or goes down for maintenance, and is the only DC no one will be able to use exchange.)

    Any suggestions to best design this would be appreciated.

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    Re: Exchange Fresh Install

    Do not (if possible) install Exchange on a DC.
    You should probably have the "small" server as your DC and the "big" server as Exchange + user shares.

    Yes, this will cause problems if one server goes down, but you would get that anyway if the Exchange box dies. Preventative maintenance should stop that happening

    Hope this helps
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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    Ossian Ltd

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