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First instance server 2003 STD running exchange 2003(back and front end).  Single forest and domain, which exch server belongs to and stays logged into.  I want to change the exchange server's (part of admin group) login password; just the nw password.  

Please advise me what I need to be aware of before I do that and need to take into consideration, update also, etc...  I don't want my exchange mail to all the sudden having flowing issues.

Thanks!
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what do you mean by "exchange server's login password"

if you mean the local administrator account of the exchange server then go ahead exchange doesn't use it.


Unless you have another software where you specified that account as the service account you can safely change it
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My one exchange server is logged in to the domain, not locally, and I want to change the password of that longin user without causing a ripple effect of malfunction in doing so?  

So, other then services that me set to use that login on the exch server is there anything else, dcom, asp, etc... settings I need to manually seek out and update?

Thanks,

dee30
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what user are you using to login ?

exchange doesn't use any account to login, so you can change the password of any user you want exchange won't be affected
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by:dee30
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Let me see if I can be even more forthcoming... My exchange box stays logged into the domain using a domain nw user ID I created when I set the box up.    That user is part of the admin, domain admin, domain users, etnerprise admins, and schema admins AD group.  The nw user is also a member of the loca exchange box admin group.  

1. I want to change the domain nw user Id 'password' only that the exchange box uses without any rippling bad effects!?

2. Additionally from the replies it almost sounds like I can log the exchange box in with a local user rather then a nw and all would be swell, but I don't see how!?

Thanks!
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there is no need for anyone to logon on your exchange box, but if you like to have a user logged it is ok (as long as the server remains locked)

1. since this user is on the domain, it is not "only for that exchange box, but yes you can change the password exchange won't be affected

2. I still don't see why you need someone logged on the server
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The server remains logged, while I access it regularly to verify backup of mailstore and sys state using ntbackup, which is on a nightly backup schedule.  Also, monitoring of my scheduled Acronis images.   I do not believe I can log the server off and those scheduled items/apps will function accordingly.

I will plan on verifying services and any dependancies on that user id/pw as it was pointed out that would be the one concern!?  Thx.
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Oops, I meant the server remained LOCKED...
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you can safely keep it logged off and scheduled backup jobs will happen (in this case you will need to change the password of the user in the scheduled backup jobs) I have no idea about acronis though
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Thanks; think we've beat this horse into the ground; assinging points.
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