AD 2003 & Exchange 2003 real quick question

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I need to write a killer proposal to proof to management that going to AD 2003 and Exchange 2003 is the write direction for us.  I need some kind of template to follow so I cover everything I need to write about AD I don't want to miss anything.  

Question by:jkaminsky
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    Well what do you have now?

    Management is going to want to know what makes this so different than what you have now.

    So do you currently have a domain setup? a workgroup?

    How you approach it depends a lot on what you have now.....

    Like say for instance if you have a workgroup currently then an advantage of AD is the ability of central authentication. If you currently have an NT domain well you currently have central authentication so that in itself wouldn't be an advantage for upgrading, but there are of course many other advantages.

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    That intformation would really help you wouldn't it.  Well I'm on Nt4 domain Exchange 5.5, 300 users.
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    my reasons would include these points:

    Of course NT is quite old now and Microsoft is slowly ending its support of the product (see this:

    AD offers many more features including the ability to centrally manage lots of security and system settings through the use of group policy (group policy is HUGE in AD so you may want to do some research on it). You can lock users (all or certain ones) out of things like the control panel, control IE settings, etc...all from the server). You can also use GPOs to push out software to all your machines.

    Also, here is Microsoft's top 10 reasons:

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