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Installing Exchange 2003 using Exchange 2007 licenser

We have found ourselves in a situation where we have Exchange 2007 but only have a standard 32 bit OS server (windows 2003 standard R2) our distributor has said we can excercise our right to install Exchange 2003 using the 2007 lcenser. How does this work ? What is involved ? Any help would be gratefully accepted.
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
You should be getting on the phone to your distributor and asking for the 2003 media (they will probably refer you back to MS).  Alternatively, if you are going to MS anyway, trade in your x32 license for an x64 and just install 2007.

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Jonathan_HellerAuthor Commented:
Yes we have obtained the Exchange 2003 media kit, but no we are constrained in going to Exchange 2007 because some bright spark do not factor in the cost of x64 bit OS and hardware !! SO if we went that route WE would have to foot the bill, we would like to go with 2003 and in the next budget get them upgraded to 2007.
Thanks for the comments though. Is there anything particular to do or is simply a matter of installing 2003?
The reason for my specific question is the wording of info from distributor.
' - You can use the down grade rights and 2003 media kit to install a 2007 licenser as a 2003 product but it would be through licensing' Am I being dense or what?
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
>>factor in the cost of x64 bit OS and hardware

Most hardware nowadays is x64 enabled.  Infact, it is hard to NOT find x64 compliant hardware, so what have you got?

No, you are not being dense, your distributor has chosen a poor phrasing of what they wanted to say.  I would say that "You can use downgrade rights which allow you to install Exchange 2003 using the Exchange 2007 license".

So, assuming you don't have a Xeon and can't go x64 (I would be MIGHTY surprised) then yes, it is just as simple as installing Exchange 2003 and doing it as a normal install.

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Jonathan_HellerAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for your speedy reply. You are quite right about the hardware being 64 enabled (it is a Xeon) but the problem is one of upgrading OS. No matter, thanks once again
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redseatechnologiesCommented:
Yes, you would need to format the OS, but Microsoft will give you a free x64 copy in exchange for you x32 copy of windows.

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