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Exchange 2003 without AD?

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I've got a win2003 server, we're only 5 users running on it as a workgroup server. I don't really want to instal AD unless i have to. Can i install Exchange 2003 without AD and losing functionality ???
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by:mattisflones
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Hi kdb01,
Yes, you can run it as a pop server..
Use this to determine your approach
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/pop3exwn.mspx

Mattis
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by:David Wilhoit
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Sorry, but unless the earth is flat again, no, you cannot install Exchange 2003 without AD. It has to have a GC/DC to install, as well as several other Windows services.

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by:mattisflones
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So they have changed it totally from the E2K?? Is that what you mean kidego?
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by:David Wilhoit
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If you can install it without AD, I'm shocked. there's no directory service anymore, so what would it use for an ldap directory? I'm pretty sure AD is a requirement.

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by:mattisflones
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Strange.. i ran E2K without AD on the server as a pop server.. no probs..

But really, kdb01.. if you dont have too much money, theres lots of cheaper email servers out there, and they even provide collaboration functionality to go with outlook..
Exchange does not support collaboration without AD as microsoft claims..
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by:kdb01
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I have to ask: Is "pretty sure" a certainty or is it something to look further into? The pop3 idea sounds nice but you lose all the shareable group calendaring-meeting stuff etc.
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by:David Wilhoit
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with no AD in the environment at all?? that's a first for me...

but you're right...there are cheaper solutions to fit the bill

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kdb01, when i browsed through my documentation on the subject i saw a clear statement that the callendar sharing and so on depends on AD..

Heres something that might help you with an option:
http://www.argosoft.com/applications/mailserver/
http://www.dissoft.com/GroupWare-196.html

Kidego, well.. theres your first.. don`t remember what we did about the LDAP issue.. long time ago..
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by:David Wilhoit
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that's cool...just checking...

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by:mattisflones
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Kidego, from that article it seems like AD is required.. strange that they provide so different and confusing statements.. Looks like something is definately changed from E2K...
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by:kdb01
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Thanks Guys, personnally i would of used Mdeamon, but the boss is deadset on Exchange. I see from all the data received so far that AD must be part of the install, Oh well, more chargeable hours for me :-D
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by:mattisflones
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Tell your boss $$$$ is to be saved... Or.. maybe not.. bill him!! ;-) Glad we could help..
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