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How can I join a new Windows 2003 server to my existing Windows 2000 server

Posted on 2006-06-10
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Hello.

I need help joining my fresh installed 2003 server to my current windows 2000 DC. I will then configure exchange 2003, and web services.

Please advise on the best solution. The reason I dont upgrade my current 2000 DC is because of hardware conflict.
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are you trying to make the 2003 server a domain controller?  You shouldn't - Exchange 2003 should NOT be installed on a domain controller.

Just join the 2003 server as a Member Server the same way you would join a 2000 or XP workstation.  It's really very simple.
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I just joined it to my 2000 DC. Can I go ahead and install exchange 2003 to w2k3 server?
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Forgive my knowledge. This is my current setup.

Right now I have a Windows 2000 Server Domain Controller. I have it configured for file sharing, vpn, and terminal services.

I would then like to use my other pc to run 2003 server with exchange 2003.

Please let me know if this is a bad idea.
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That's fine... running Exchange 2003 on a 2003 Server where the server is a member server in a domain is fine, no problem.

It's NOT RECOMMENDED (for security reasons) to run Terminal Services in Application mode on your 2000 DC (Administrative mode is fine).
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Thank you for your help. I will go ahead and get started.
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How many domain controllers will you have on this network (sound like only 1).   Is this for an actual business or is this for you to test and learn on ?

If it is for an actual business or organization then it is a very bad idea to only have 1 DC.

This will help you get started with your exchange setup

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/exchange2003/exchange_2003_install.htm
Exchange Server 2003 Installation

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Mike
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