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    Hi,

    Im planning to migrate my exchange 2003 server to 2007 now my question is is it better to run exchange 2007 on windows 2003 or 2008?

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    Re: Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2003?

    For most deployments there is nothing much in it at this time.

    I am still doing my deployments on Windows 2003 as that is easier for the client to get support on. Finding someone with experience in Windows 2008 is a challenge.
    In 12 months time (if anyone is reading this in 2009) then Windows 2008 will be established and most deployments I expect to be on that version.

    However as you haven't given any details on what you are doing, the question is impossible to answer. It is like saying "I am buying a car, shall I buy a Ferrari or a Honda?"

    Simon.
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      Re: Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2003?

      As long as both platforms are 64bit its fairly immaterial. Originally Exchange 2007 couldnt even be installed on Windows 2008. I presume thats probably changed with the official releases.

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        Re: Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2003?

        Originally posted by scurlaruntings View Post
        As long as both platforms are 64bit its fairly immaterial. Originally Exchange 2007 couldnt even be installed on Windows 2008. I presume thats probably changed with the official releases.
        Exchange 2007 RTM will not install on Windows 2008. Exchange 2007 SP1 will.

        I can install it on Windows 2008 quicker than Windows 2003, but that is because I have a few scripts that install the relevant parts for more automatically.

        Simon.
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          Re: Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2003?

          I think ill just go for 2003 os cause of the experience thats missing with 2008

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            Re: Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 or 2003?

            Hello!
            I'm not sure if you are thinking for CCR or SCR deployement on your environment. If so, it's worth installing Windows 2008 x64. Advantage you get are,

            i. as you said earlier, scripts
            ii. less dependancy software installations
            iii. MOST IMPORTANT, you have SMB 2.0 protocol packed alongwith.

            SMB 2 helps replication of files in HA or DR scenarios. It's great advancement with SMB2.
            Thanks,

            Shridhar Bhat

            MCITP-Enterprise Messaging Administrator,
            MCSE:Messaging on 2003,
            MCSE:Messaging on 2000,
            ITIL

            "Trying alone makes you perfect"

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