New to exchange and looking to install Exchange 2003

I need help or pointed in the right direction for my research to understanding Active Directory and Exchange Server 2003.  From what I have read so far about Exchange I'm not understanding it's relationship to Active Directory's and DNS.  It would help if I could see a visual layout of their relationships.  Currently I have Active Directory Server that serves also as the Active and DNS server and then I have a File Server and planning to implement an Exchange Server.  Am I correct in my thinking that the Active Directory will be the Authenticator for all servers under the network including File Server and Exchange.  Where should I begin to focus my understanding of the server relationship and their functions.
cmeltonAsked:
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CharliePete00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You are correct: Active Directory will be the authenticator for all domain resources, including Exchange, and File Servers.  

Also, take a look at this white paper from Microsoft:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/4/3/0435ed53-77cd-41c8-8657-32a98e16aae5/PlanE2k3MsgSys.doc
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rakeshmiglaniConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/Library/default.mspx
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