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how to use the /DomainController switch

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I am implementing Exchange 2007 in an environment that has a W2000 and a W2003 domain controller. I recently switch all the mandatory roles over to the W2003 server.

However, when I begin the E2007 install the tests fail and reference the W2000 domain controller.

I believe that I need to use the /DomainController switch so that E2007 is directed to the W2003 server. However, I am uncertain where and how I apply the /DomainController switch.

Can someone please advise how to use this switch so that Exchange references the W2003 server?
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
There are few pre-reqs that you need to be aware of when it comes to Forest Level and Global Catalog being in the site on Windows Server 2003 SP1 (min). Refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx & http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/07/30/446579.aspx . Also run ExBPA to see if anything else is missing.
For you other question, you can use /domaincontroller or /dc swtich Refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997281.aspx , use it as  /dc:servername
Let me know
THanks
Nitin Gupta (gupnit)
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by:bnrtech
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gupnit,

Thank you for the good info.

This is a pretty small environment. They have one W2000 DC and one W2003 DC. Yesterday I migrated the Global Catalog, Schema Master, RID Opertaion Master, PDC Operation Master and Infrastructure Operation Master roles to W2003 server. I also rebooted both servers. So I think I have covered the pre-reqs that you noted. Would you agree or am I missing something else?

I have never run ExBPA. Is this something I can find on the E2007 media?


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by:bnrtech
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scratch the remark on ExBPA. I recalled what those initials stand for. I downloaded and will run shortly.
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gupnit,

Thanks for the tips thus far.

So I installed ExBPA, connected to AD and ran the E2007 Readiness Check. Two issues were returned - (1) run /prepareschema and (2) the test noted the W2000 dc

So should I first run setup.com /prepareschema and than run setup.com /dc:bcfdc1?

Also the ExBPA did not suggest that I should run setup.com /preparead. Should I skip this step?

Thank you
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by:bnrtech
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eventually my brain woke up :)

I ran setup.com /preparead /dc:bcfdc1. That was sucessful

Next I ran setup.com /prepareschema /dc:bcfdc1. That was sucessful

I re-ran ExBPA and that still made reference to the W2000 dc still on the network. Am I correct in assuming that this is simply information and I can proceed with setup.com /dc:bcfdc1?
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
Sorry was away.
See, if you run setup with /dc:servname then it should be fine, use GUI, it would take care of all steps and you need not run single steps. For all comands use the /dc switch so that you are sure that during setup you are using the 2k3 DC and no issue is cropping up. Well ExBPA is referncing the 2000 server, no issues till the time 2k3 server is also being referenced.
Go ahead and install, refer: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-Exchange-2007-Part1.html
Let me know
Thanks
Nitin
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by:bnrtech
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I am still missing something.

I ran ExPBA and it completed sucessfully
I sucessfully ran Setup.com /PrepareLegacyExchangePermissions /dc:bcfdc1
I sucessfully ran Setup.com /PrepareSchema /dc:bcfdc1
I sucessfully ran Setup.com /PrepareAD /dc:bcfdc1

Than I go to run the GUI install process. I click on Install Exchange. However, when I run readiness tests it errors and references W2000 domain controller with operating system version of 5.0 (2195) Service pack 4. The minimum required version is 5.2 (3790) Service Pack 1

As noted previously I have a W2003 AD server so I am not sure why it is referencing the W2000 server.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
Please confirm your GC location once again, atleast one GC in every site, has to be SP1. ALso in readiness check select the 2k3 DC
Thanks
Nitin
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by:bnrtech
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Here is a snapshot that shows BCFDC1 (W2003 Server) as GC. I did this change 6 days ago.

I did select the 2K3 DC for the readiness test. Still same results.
gc-server.jpg
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and this 2k3 server is SP1?
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Qupnit - I wonder is there a way to award you the points, but mark this box as the 'accepted solution'.

I want to award you the point cause I appreciate you sticking with me and offering support.

However, the final resolution was the following (NOTE: The final two steps we both forgot)....

(1) run the readiness check in the latest version of Exchange Best Practice Analyzer
(2) Setup.com /prepareLegacyExchangePermissions /dc:NAME OF W2003 DC
(3) setup.com /prepareschema /dc:NAME OF W2003 DC
(4) setup.com /preparead /dc:NAME OF W2003 DC
(5) setup.com /preparedomain /dc:NAME OF W2003 DC
(6) GUI installation using Exchange 2007 SP1 media
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