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ADS and Exchange on the same server

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A recent IT audit complains that my Exchange 2003 and ADS are on the same server.  For an SMB with under 100 employees, I would like your comments on adding an ADS server.

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If you mean having your exchange server also being a DC it isn't recommened from what i have heard, BUT, ive seen it run many places with no problem at all.  What do you think an SBS server is?  It is simply a scaled down DC/Exchange server.  So they obviously can work on the same box.  The issue with having them on the same box comes into play whenever you need to remove exchange or demote the server, that from what i understand can't be done cleanly at all.
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I agree with the comments by mike as well. Have been running them both on the same server for years. The only issue I have noticed is that after applying SP2 for Exchange 2003 the server takes a full 5 to 7 minutes to shutdown. Not sure whether this is directly related to Exchange being on the DC or not.
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Are there security holes by running them on the same box?
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nope, not at all, like i said,, that is exacly what an SBS server is.
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"Are there security holes by running them on the same box?"

As far as I know, only in the sense that you get a "sum" of vulnerabilities in the two products. Whenever you have an additional product, like Exchange, on a server, you get a slightly increased potential that some vulnerability in Exchange could be exploited.

But there is no "multiplier" effect, to my knowledge.

A good backup plan can't hurt, of course :)
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