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  • Exchange Installation on member server or additional domain controller?

    Hi, I need some help regarding exchange 2010 installation,

    Currently, my setup is as below.

    one domain controller Server 2008 R2,

    one additional domain server 2008 R2(also running terminal services)

    I want to install Exchange 2010 on a fresh installed separate Windows 2008 R2 Server.

    what would be the best solution here, to Install Exchange on a member server or on additional Domain controller? what different will these two installation will make?


    I have tested exchange 2010 on additional domain controller in a test environment and everything is working fine. I want to know which installation is better for my network performance wise and what extra steps I need to consider if I install it on a member server.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Azaak

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    Re: Exchange Installation on member server or additional domain controller?

    Definitely member server
    While you can install Exchange 2010 on a DC, it is not recommended and can cause major problems (a) with AD lookups and (b) with breaking Exchange if the DDC is unpromoted
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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      Re: Exchange Installation on member server or additional domain controller?

      Many Thanks Ossian

      Regards,

      Azaak

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