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    My company is planning to go over to an Exchange 2007 server. At present, we have an external server for this. We are planning to get a new server to act as the Exchange 2007 server. I also plan for this to run active directory as a backup domain controller to the pdc. From past experience of Installing Exchange 2007, it wouldnt allow me to install it on server installed with AD. This was the Enterprise version with CCS, Edge and HUB. We will only have only have one server. So is it possible to install Exchange 2007 on a server with AD installed?. We will be using the standard Exchange edition.

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  • #2
    Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

    Hi,

    It's not recommended and neither supported by MS I think.

    Have a look at this for more info: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...07_install.htm

    For the price of a second box, Is it worth doing it that way?
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    • #3
      Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

      Our company director is incredibly tight when it comes to IT equipment. So needs must.

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

        Can't you find a lower spec box to act as AD server?
        Alternatively, since you say it is an additional domain controller, can you virtualise it?
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        • #5
          Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

          As the DC you are installing on doesn't hold any FSMO roles, that could cause a problem. You of course would have to make it a GC as Exchange will only see that DC to connect to. The SPNs of the DC will point at itself.

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

            You can't have CCR, Hub and Edge on the same system.
            If you want to use CCR and Edge then you need at least four systems.
            On a single machine the most that you can do is run the three core roles on the same hardware.

            If you do install Exchange on to a domain controller then it MUST be global catalog. Furthermore the DCPROMO must done before Exchange is installed. Once Exchange has been installed you cannot remove the DC functionality from the system.

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            • #7
              Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

              Further to Ossian's suggestion, I would also recommend that if you must use this server as a DC (and I highly recommend against it), you virtualise the DC role. Your licence for Windows Server 2008 Standard will allow you to install a second copy under Hyper-V on that machine. Use the physical server for Exchange only and use the VM as a DC. Still make it a GC and DNS, but leave the FSMO roles on the physical server.
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              • #8
                Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

                Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                Your licence for Windows Server 2008 Standard will allow you to install a second copy under Hyper-V on that machine.
                That isn't correct.
                If you use Windows 2008 for HyperV then you are only allowed to use it for HyperV hosting - nothing else. The physical server must be used for HyperV management only. If you want to run Exchange and a DC separately on the same hardware then you will need two Windows 2008 licences.

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                • #9
                  Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

                  Interesting. What is the benefit to the Standard edition offering only a single virtual licence then?

                  In any case, my suggestion was based on the information we've had from our volume licence supplier. Will ask for clarification from them as we may have misinterpreted their report.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Exchange 2007 on a Active Directory server

                    Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                    Interesting. What is the benefit to the Standard edition offering only a single virtual licence then?

                    In any case, my suggestion was based on the information we've had from our volume licence supplier. Will ask for clarification from them as we may have misinterpreted their report.
                    Hm.. interesting topics too,

                    from my understanding of getting Windows Server 2008 Datacenter edition is that only the host which has got the Sticker (physical license certificate) is allowed to have unlimited number of VM therefore hosting those VMs on VMWare ESXi is valid only on that machine. But the n installing the physical is no longer valid since the license sticker is already used on the ESXi server

                    cmiiw.

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