Exchange 2003 on the same network as SBS 2000

Hi Guys,

We have an SBS 2000 server which obviously has Exchange built into it and I was just wondering if there would be any problems if we introduced an Exchange 2003 server into the domain. Would we be able to join it to the existing Exchange Organisation without any problems and if so would it be limited at all to the features of exchange 2000?
Anything we should be aware of before doing this?

Cheers
Chris
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pgowingAsked:
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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is no problem with joining the Exchange 2003 server to the domain. You will need to purchase Exchange 2003 CALs and Windows 2003 CALs.
The SBS wizards will not work correctly for account creation - the accounts will be created with the mailbox homed on the SBS Server and then you would have to move them. You will also need to expose OWA directly, it will not be able to go through the SBS Server.

Simon.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Are you talking about replacing an existing  SBS exchnage 2000 setup with a new 2003 exchnage server, or new 2003 setup ?
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pgowingAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I'll explain it a little clearer.

We have an SBS server that will be staying in place. We want to know if joining an Exchange 2003 server (on windows 2003 enterprise) to the existing Domain and Exchange Org will cause any problems because I know SBS can be a pain when working with other servers on the same network.
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ormerodrutterCommented:
I haven't notice SBS can be a pain when working with other servers.
I don't see any problem joining an Ex2003 server into your network except administrative overheads.
If you are to replace the SBS exchange function you need to remove it from your sbs server and configure your exchange 2003 to talk to your DC - which is your SBS server. If you want to run both simultaneously then you need to configure a connector between the two.
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pgowingAuthor Commented:
Well for example you cant have any other Domain Controllers holding FSMO roles when you have an SBS server on your network and things like that so I just wondered if there were any similar rules with Exchange.

Anyway yeah, we would be planning to keep both servers online so other than setting up the connector between them both there wouldnt be any additional work?
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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You don't need any kind of connector between the servers. As long as you do not have a smart host set on the SMTP virtual server the messages will flow correctly between the servers without any further configuration changes. You should ensure that no AV installed on the server is blocking local SMTP traffic.

Simon.
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pgowingAuthor Commented:
Ah right ok, thats pretty much what I wanted to know then.

Thanks
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