Exchange 2000 - minimum requirements

Posted on 2006-11-22
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I have a windows 2003 server running in a small business network with 5 PCs, all currently using POP3 to send/receive mail.

I've also got an old unused Exchange 2000 licence plus a spare computer currently loaded with a bare Windows 2000 (not server) OS.  Will Exchange 2000 install on a non-server OS?  (I've also got an infrequently used Windows 2000 server which I could decommission and swap the licence from but its currently being used for some file share stuff which I'd rather leave running unless neccessary.)
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Exchange 2000 will not run on Windows 2000 Professional, even in a Small Business environment.

Here is a link which references the specific requirements for Exchange 2000:

While it might be a bit late for it, you may want to consider utilizing Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003.

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As an alternative, you may wish to consider utilizing one of the hosted Exchange services from one of Microsoft's Partners.  This helps to alleviate a lot of the concerns around managing, maintaining, and backing up Exchange. and have reviews of hosted Exchange services.

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Thanks for this - might as well utilise what I've got - looks like a server OS is the way to go.
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