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    Hi all

    Just a general question.

    We maybe looking at implementing Exchange 2010, currently we do not use Exchange at all. So should be fairly straight forward.

    However on reading the pre req's it looks like Exchange 2010 can only be installed on 64bit and to prepare the AD the setup/prep commands have to be run by on a 64 Bit server.

    As we only have one DC running 2008 std 32 bit, is it that I will need to introduce a 64 bit DC on top to be able to prep the AD ?

    Going by this article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125224

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    Re: Exchange 2010 64 Bit question

    IIRC you can run the prepare commands on a 64bit member server with the AD DS role installed, but it does not have to be a DC
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      Re: Exchange 2010 64 Bit question

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      IIRC you can run the prepare commands on a 64bit member server with the AD DS role installed, but it does not have to be a DC
      Ahh well we have no 64bit servers at all just workstations, should of mentioned that.
      So in essence I might as well get a second DC 64bit 2008 R2

      Thanks for your reply

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      • #4
        Re: Exchange 2010 64 Bit question

        As you have pointed out, Exchange 2010 will only install on a 64 bit Server 2008 platform, so you will need at least one member server.

        While it is possible to install Exchange on a DC, this is a bad idea and will have a lot of potential consequences.

        IMHO, therefore, add a 64-bit (2008R2) member server -- a 64-bit DC should be in addition to this
        Tom Jones
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          Re: Exchange 2010 64 Bit question

          Originally posted by Ossian View Post
          As you have pointed out, Exchange 2010 will only install on a 64 bit Server 2008 platform, so you will need at least one member server.

          While it is possible to install Exchange on a DC, this is a bad idea and will have a lot of potential consequences.

          IMHO, therefore, add a 64-bit (2008R2) member server -- a 64-bit DC should be in addition to this
          Thanks for the reply ..... I wont be installing Exchange on a DC. I actually meant that I would add a second DC to our current environment running 2008R2 and then add Exchange on a separate server also running 2008R2. I know that wasn't clear.

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          • #6
            Re: Exchange 2010 64 Bit question

            The prep commands can be run on the Exchange server itself, they do not have to be run on the domain controller.
            Therefore you can just add in the Exchange 2010 server and then run setup.exe and the prep will be run for you.

            If you are about to purchase Exchange 2010 I would suggest that you put Software Assurance on to it. A new version of Exchange is expected within the next 12 months.

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