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Exchange 2000 Won't Run On Windows Server 2003 (IFS Drivers disabled)

I ran into a huge problem that may make Monday a day to remember.  I installed Exchange 2000 server despite the pop up error stating that there are compatibility issues in Windows 2003 OS.  The IFS virtual driver for drive M:\ is failing, even after using a Microsoft prepared script to removing or fix drive.  This is the actual message I'm getting:

"Exchange 2000 IFS Driver.  Devices or application disabled Exchange 2000 IFS Driver will cause Windows to become unstable.  Windows has prevented these drivers from loading'
Information store will not start because of this IFS driver.  Does any body know of a fix for this or this is a done case?  I've spend all weekend troubleshooting this problem but no success.
At this time exchange is not usable....it's no good

Thanks for your help, links and .....
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timnjohnson
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mass2612Commented:
Hi,

Exchnage 2000 is not supported on Windows 2003 so you might never get this working.

You Cannot Install Exchange 2000 on a Computer That Is Running Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321648
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
>>I installed Exchange 2000 server despite the pop up error stating that there are compatibility issues in Windows 2003 OS.

You ignored the warning that this isn't going to work, and then you are surprised that this isn't going to work?
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timnjohnsonInformation Security EngineerAuthor Commented:

How about Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000 OS?
Any known issues?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
Not at all
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timnjohnsonInformation Security EngineerAuthor Commented:

So, it's only Exchange 2003 and Windows 2003 ONLY.
I might consider NT 4.0  Option until we upgrade to Exchange 2003.
Is that a recommended option?
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mass2612Commented:
There's no way I'd go back to NT 4 its not even supported by Microsoft anymore, worst case stick with Windows 2000/Exchange 2000 best case going forward Windows 2003/Exchange 2007. Exchange 2003 on Windows 2003 is very stable as they've been out for so long now.
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timnjohnsonInformation Security EngineerAuthor Commented:


Thanks for your help.
How do you want me assign points?
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mass2612Commented:
It looks like you've done the points thing and thanks for that. If you want to change it you would need to post a request in the community support zone.
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