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I am installing a new Exchange 2003 and have read not to install it on or as a DC, but if Exchange uses AD for information and the Exchange server needs to be a GC server how do I set that up without running it as a DC?

We have a dedicated server to run it on, so I guess I am just wondering how to add it to the domain without makeing it a Domain Controller and run the GC service.

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It should not be a DC, you can just add it as member server.  It will talk to the DC, but it does not need to be one.  Think of it as a special "file server."

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How do I make it a GC?
You can install Exchange Server 2003 on a member server.

Please, check this doc for a more detailed reference:

A member server cannot be a GC. But dont worry about it. Exchange will know how to find the GC (DNS holds this kind of information). You can even specify which DCs Exchange will use after it is installed.
Please, refer to this doc for an aditional important step in the installation process:

To join the domain as a member server simply right click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and choose properties. On the tabs click "Network Identification"  and join the domain. However, be sure you run the forest/domain prep tools as part of your initial installation. The documents referenced by rmjustice are well written and should walk you through the process.


Thanks for your help guys
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