Domain Controller on a Terminal Server or an Exchange Server?

Posted on 2004-10-22
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Hi all,

Just looking for you experience on this one and comments of course.  I have two new Windows 2003 servers.  One is to be an Exchange 2003 Server the other will be a Terminal Server and the Terminal Server will have all of the company data.  From my research it get a little confusing, that neither should be a domain controller due to security issues and resources.  Well I need to choose one as there is no option for a third server.  Which (in your opinion) would be the best choice for making one of these servers the domain controller from a resource and security standpoint.  

Your comments appreciated!!!  Thanks
Question by:servicad
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Expert Comment

ID: 12386719
Your best bet is to make the Exchange server the DC.  That way your users aren't logging into your domain controller and using it for their day to day work.  Neither is a great option but I understand the limitations that are set.  

Author Comment

ID: 12396365
Thoughts on Exchange and Term Server on one box and the other the Domain controller / File Server?  Probabbly the most secure but not the best for resources.

Accepted Solution

cnewgaard earned 1000 total points
ID: 12396743
The one problem you run into with Exchange on a TS is running Outlook along with it.  I've done it but you tend to run into a lot of conflicts.  If you're not planning on letting the users use Outlook through the TS than it should work fine.  The DC holding the files will work as long as you properly secure it.  

Author Comment

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Thanks for the feedback

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