Location of Exchange Server 2000?
Posted on 2003-03-04
We have already upgraded our Exchange 5.5 Server to 2000. I am now doing further reading on using 2000 and its features etc. I have bought a book titled Exchange Server 2000 24seven which had excellent write ups, but have come across a rather confusing paragraph.
In this book, Jim McBee writes about hardware requirements etc, and states the following paragraph:-
"One Server, One Task
Want to avoid problems? Do not overlap tasks on the same machine. Exchange Server should be on a member server; it should not be installed on the same server as a Windows 2000 domain controller or Global Catalog Server, nor should other application servers such as......be installed on the same machine."
I can understand the reasoning for this, especially in a large environment. Our 2000 is currently on a DC (one of 3), but to make it a member server, I would have to run dcpromo to demote it. I understood that this removes AD!!! Surely the whole point about Exchange 2000 is that it needs AD, so, has the Author made an error (unlikely) or I am missing something here (more likely).
Can someone confirm the best configuration/location for Exchange 2000 in an environment where we have approx 70 users.