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I currently have 6 servers.  One of them is a very old SBS 2003.  I would like to retire the SBS 2003.  All of my other servers are also MS Server 2003 except my newest server which is MS Server 2008.  I have moved MS Exchange to the Server 2008.  My next step is to move active directory, DC, DNS, DHCP.  I can move these services to a Server 2003, but I was considering moving them to Server 2008 with the Exchange services.  As I understand it the security on the server 2008 box is better, I already have licensing for the 2008 box and I will not have to move Active Directory or Domain Controller services for a long time.  A person I was talking with told me Microsoft does NOT recommend Active Directory be put on the same box with Exchange for security reasons.  Recommendations????
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That is true you shouldn't have Exchange and AD services running on the same box this isn't a recommend solution.


If you don't have another Windows 2008 server then I would stick with the current Windows 2003 setup.
AwinishSenior Solution Architect

Yes,you should load the server with AD,Exchange apart from technical background there is so much load on exchange & even AD will find difficulty in serving users for authorization,authentication & many more.


Chris - more info on moving from SBS 2003 to server 2003 would be GREAT.
Awinish - not sure I understand your answer.  Are you saying you would recommend Active Directory, Domain Controller & Exchange all be placed on server 2008?
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