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ok I have a 2000 active directory already present, and was goingt to leave that as teh domain controller I cant have 2003 server in on the 200 domain and then iI would lik eto nstall 2003 exchange on teh 2003 server. I have alreday joined teh 2003 server to teh 2000 domain. what do I need to do from ere without impacting the users. If I have to make the 2003 the domain controller that is fine, but I want to make sure the users do not see anything different as they are logging intop the 2000 domain right now? what shoudl I do?
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by:mikeleebrla
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what are you trying to accomplish by doing this?
do you have exchange installed anywhere now?
even if you do upgrade your domain to 2003 your users wont see anything different if you do it properly.
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by:mikeleebrla
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if you do end up upgrading your domain from 2000 to 2003 here is a good real world guide:

http://www.commodore.ca/windows/windows_2003_upgrade.htm
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by:eberhardt2329
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This is the situation

 I have taken over a company I am a consultant with mostly netware experience. They have a nt sertver that is running exchange 5.5. They also have a 2000 server running active directory. This is where all teh users logon. They have purchased a new 20003 server, and I installe dit for them ,a nd joined it to teh 2000 domian. This is where I Sit now. They also have purchased exchange 2003 and woudl ike me to install it and migrate teh users to it. I was doing some reading and posting on this site, and found I have to have a 2003 active directory before I can install Exchange. Is this treu? if this is true, how can I make the 2003 server the active directory server with the 2000 server part of its domain, and have the users see nothing while they are working. Then from there is it ok to install exchange on thje 2003 server? they omly have 5 users?>
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by:eberhardt2329
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what I want at teh end of this is to be able to take the 2000 server out of teh mix buy a 2003 licence, and use it for something else. But for now if I can have it running 2000 and be part of the 2003 domain that will be a good start?
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below is the link for the system requirments of exchange 2003.  It doesn't say anything about what domain level you have to be on but siince you can install in on a 2000 server i'm pretty sure you can install in on a 2000 domain:

http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/sysreqs/2003.mspx

Since you only have one 2003 server and that is the server that exchange 2003 will be on i wouldn't upgade the domain to 2003 since its not recomended to have exchange on a domian controller.

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