Installing Exchange 2003 Std for OWA

I am attempting to install Exchange 2003 Std on Server 2003 Std.  We already have a domain controller, and an instance of exchange 2003 in our environment.  I am trying to follow the instructions here: for OWA implementation.

I have updated Server to SP2, and installed ASP, IIS, SMTP, and NNTP.

When try to do a 'typical' installation, I get  pop up that says "Setup encountered an error while trying to contact Windows Active Directory".  Please see screenshot.

Since this will be a front-end server in a DMZ, it will not be part of our domain, so I am unsure how to proceed.
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Front end servers require full install of Exchange, which requires the machine being part of the domain. If the machine is not part of the domain, you will not be able to install Exchange, as the error clearly states. Join the machine to the domain, open the ports for the server to the DC/GC, and you'll be able to proceed.
Satya PathakLead Technical ConsultantCommented:
Its looks like permission issue.
To log on as a user with Exchange Full Administrator permissions and delegate Exchange Full Administrator role:
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, and then click System Manager.
Right-click Exchange organization name, and then click Delegate control.
To add a user, in the Exchange Administration Delegation Wizard, click Next, and then click Add.
In the Delegate Control Window, click Browse, and then click the user account that you are adding.
In the Role list, click Exchange Full Administrator, and then click OK .
Click Next, and then click Finish.

Also check..

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OutdoorResearchAuthor Commented:
I am unable to install exchange or system manager, so I cannot do any of that.  There is only one local user on the server, and it has full administrative rights.
Satya PathakLead Technical ConsultantCommented:
Okay now you just remove the server from DMZ zone and installed EMC or whatever you installed on this server, When Installation will be done. After that move the server from DMZ zone and check it.
OutdoorResearchAuthor Commented:
I am not sure where I am failing to communicate.

I have nothing installed on the server, other than the OS Server 2003 Std Ed.

I am trying to  install Exchange 2003

I don't know what EMC is.
Satya PathakLead Technical ConsultantCommented:
Its okay not an issue just remove the server from DMZ zone and do it.
When installation will done you can move back..
OutdoorResearchAuthor Commented:
What if I didn't have a domain, and I was setting up for the first time?   I would not be able to 'join a domain' to do the install.

there is something else that is missing that is not allowing me to do a proper installation.

I can't get past step six on the above directions.
Stacy SpearPresident/Principal ConsultantCommented:
I suggest you read this article by Sembee. I just wouldn't do it. I have a lot of Exchange servers running... not one in a DMZ. I do have IronPort devices in DMZs and sendMail servers in others.

If you handle your ports correctly on your firewall, you can point OWA clients to the front end.
Read this
Front-End and Back-End Server Topology Guide for Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server
And as tntmax suggested are you trying to install Exchange on a non domain joined machine?? if yes then please reconsider and install on a domain joined Server..
Hope this helps!!
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