Should there be 2 Exchange Enterprise Servers Groups in Parent Child Domain config


Quick question about exchange 2003 in a parent \ child domain configuration.

Schema \ domain prep done in parent domain
Domain prep done in child domain

Q. Should there be exchange enterprise server groups in both domains and if so should the
     parent exchange enterprise servers have the child exchange domain servers group as a

Both have exchange domain server groups and are members of their retrospective enterprise
group. Only the child domain has actual exchange servers currently.

I've only worked in a single domain \ single forest and trying to resolve a validation issue with doubletake.

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"Exchange Enterprise Servers" is a Domain Local Group so you should find it in all domains that have had a /domainprep run on them.

From what I have seen. Yes, the child "Exchange Domain Servers" group is a member of the parent "Exchange Enterprise Servers" group.

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The converse is also true. The parent "Exchange Domain Servers" group is also a member of the child "Exchange Enterprise Servers" group.
What function do the Exchange Domain Servers and Exchange Enterprise Servers groups perform?

Both these groups are created through DomainPrep. They reside in the Users container in the domain and must not be moved or renamed (otherwise, computers that are running Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 in the domain will shut down). Every time Exchange is installed on a computer, the computer account is added to the local Exchange Domain Servers global security group. In turn, this group is a member of the Exchange Enterprise Servers local security group in each domain. The Recipient Update Service is responsible for making sure that all Exchange group nestings are complete in the forest. The Exchange Enterprise Servers group is given various permissions on the domain naming context in Active Directory. Through these inherited permissions, the Recipient Update Service can modify Exchange-specific attributes on user accounts in each domain.
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SweepSDAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick response

Each Exchange Enterprise Server group only contains the local domains exchange domain server group.  Should I add child exchange domain servers to the parent exchange enterprise servers and the parent exchange domain servers to the child's exchange enterprise servers?  

It sound's like the RUS should of done this job.  As mentioned there are no exchange servers in the parent domain.  All the RUS masters are in the child domain.

You can either add them manually or try setup /domainprep to see if it will do it for you.
SweepSDAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help
no problem, thanks for the points.
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