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Installing Exchange 2003 separate from Active Directory server

Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a 2003 Server domain running AD on a network. I want to add a separate Exchange 2003 server to handle email. I have done many Exchange installs, but they have always been on the existing domain server. Is it possible to do an Exchange install separate from the AD server and if so what do I need to do differently?
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Justin OwensITIL Problem Manager

It is actually better to NOT have Exchange on your AD server.  It works fine.  Follow the same steps you would for an installation on an AD server.


What about when I create new users? When I create a new user in AD how does it know to create a mailbox for the user in exchange if they are not loaded on the same server?
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I have the same typ of setup.
DrUltima is correct but let me reword it, not looking for points just trying to clear it up for you.
When you install Exchange on a server that is not the AD you will still have the AD Users and Computers GUI on the exchange server. It will install it by default.
So when adding or removing users always do it from the exchange server and not the AD server.

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