My current configuration is a single Exchange 2003 Pro running as backend and a single exchange 2003 Standard running as a frontend server. Both machines are running only exchange with the exception of spam/virus scanning software on the frontend.
I'm going to be upgrading the system used as the frontend to new hardware and its going to be located in a new co-location facility. The IPs at the new location will be different than what we use in the office. I'd like to pre-configure the new hardware before sending it to the new site. Here are the questions:
1) Can I configure install Exchange without adding the machine to the domain first? After the co-location site is available I would then join the server to the domain and make whatever changes are needed. Is this a reasonable approach?
2) If I were to add the server to the domain and install exchange and then mark it as a frontend server is there anything I'd need to be aware of having it running alongside the soon to be replaced frontend? What considerations do I need to address when moving the server to the co-location facility since its IP address will change?
Thanks for the help.