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    I understand that having Exchange on a DC is not best practice. Most of the reasons are related to recoverability. What are other reasons / problems that can occur if Exchange is on a DC?

    If it is on a DC and it dies, I'm assuming you could rebuild the server and exchange, install the backup software and restore the mailboxes. Is this correct or are things complicated because of the DC?

    For fault tolerance and only two server for @40 users it may be necessary to have them both as DCs. I just wanted to see the pitfalls of doing this.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Many, many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Exchange 2003 on a DC

    Putting Exchange on a DC is not a best practice. See this article for some reasons why:

    and this:

    If you have a network of less than 75 users I'd go for SBS, as it is built to tackle some of the issues described in these articles.

    If you have to, go for it. It won't kill you, just make sure you don't do it just for the fun of it, and make sure you understand the implications of doing so.

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services