Question on Exchange Install
Posted on 2007-10-16
I have a question on an exchange install. This is the first time I do this and I am looking for a best practice kind of tip. I have just upgraded to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise from a Win SBS 2003. I had to do this because I bought a fast new budget server that has a quad Core processor and SBS did not like this for some reason. Since I found out that the 3 times more expensive Enterprise version that not even come with Exchange as the SBS does, I did go out and coughed up another Grand to buy Exchange 2007 to install. Turns out that exchange does not want to run on my new $700 server either because it has 4 cores. This is very frustrating since I specially purchases one of the cheapest servers with a good CPU not thinking that MS now want to charge premium for my 4 User network.
Well I do not have to budget to buy now the enterprise exchange which has a few extra features that we do not need at all. So I will probably end up reusing the old server which is a dual Pentium 1GH to run exchange.
This brings me to the question which is: what is better to install the exchange on the SBS and making the SBS a domain which is then joined as a secondary domain to the enterprise server or should I make it a simply file server as part of the main domain.
Also is there any issue running this on a separate server (pro/con). Is there anything special I need to watch out for? I guess if I would make it a sub domain I would need to manage 2 active directorys?
Thank you for the assistance on this. Any tip is welcome. maybe there is even a way to get exchange installed on my 4 core cpu without spending another 2 grand.