Exchange Server 03

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-14

Is it possible to run Exchange Server 03 on a Windows 2000 Server box? Is it possible to take an existing 2k Server, remove it from the domain, then rename another box with the same name as the 2k box had and put it into the domain?

Question by:celcius233
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    Yes, Exchange 2003 will run on Windows 2000 Server (SP3 or later) as well:
    System Requirements for Exchange Server 2003

    Assuming the server you want to rename isn't a DC (and you're shutting down or renaming the original server), then that's possible.

    Author Comment

    Actually, the server is a DC in Active Directory. Could this pose a problem? (sorry for the delay)
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    Theoretically, it should be possible to dcpromo down a machine, then add another one with the same name.
    I just seem to remember some postings reporting problems doing something similar. Before you add the new one, make sure you remove all references to the original server in AD and DNS.
    How to remove data in Active Directory after an unsuccessful domain controller demotion

    If you have a W2k3 machine with 1GB RAM or more, you could simulate this in a test surrounding in Virtual Server:
    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

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