Active Directory and Exchange Server

I currently need to setup a windows 2003 server with Exchange on it.  Although I have experience with setting up windows 2000 server, I just set them up for normal web hosting and didn't use active directory.  I have also setup dns in 2000 as well as setting up an Ipswitch Imail server.  I was wondering what types references and advise someone could give so I can learn and accomplish this switchover from imail to exchange quickly and smoothly.

Not sure what the impact is but we currently are running 15 2000 servers none of them are using active directory currently and are just for hosting sites and database stuff.

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John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
You have to have an AD server running (somewhere) to get excahnge to work.  Running it on a DC is not the Microsoft recommended way of doing things but you can still accomplish this.  You need to set up DNS also for the domain name that you will have host active directory.

Setting up active directory:
After doing this you will need to run exchange setup with the following switches:

setup.exe /forestprep and /domainprep

Then run setup normally and follow the instructions.

Is this server setup in a dmz with a global IP or inside with a private ip NATted to the outside world?

Well you don't need to have a DC to run Exchange.  Actually it's best if the server is a member server.

This is a utility that migrates the IMAIL accounts to a CSV file, and you can then add them to your Exchange.

polobruceAuthor Commented:
ok cause when I tried installing without it stated on the things to do was to install active directory.
What version of exchange are you planning to use?

You need AD and DNS running on a server for exchange to function properly, its not 'Best Practice' to have them all running on the same server but it can be done and works with little fuss. You can do all this on one server as long at it is of reasonably good spec!.
You can also host multiple email domains on an exchange server.
John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
       Thanks 8)  Let us know how it goes!

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