Where can I download a trial or 'test' version of Microsoft Exchange 2003?

Posted on 2011-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I need to brush up on my Exchange 2003 admin skills & I would like to install Exchange 2003 in my very small home 'lab' environment.

I do not have access to a TechNet Pro account at this time.

I have a technical interview next Tuesday, so need this ASAP :)

I have a clean install of Windows Server 2003 on a suitable workstation on which to install Exchange.

Thanks in advance!
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KenMcF earned 62 total points
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Microsoft has discontinued the trial version. The only legal way you will be able to ge this is with a technet subscription. You can get them around $200

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Yes, I am aware of TechNet subscriptions & it's an amazing deal, but finances do not permit that option at this time.  I'm preparing for a technical interview that hopefully will lead to a job offer, but for now I'm between jobs.

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It is good to see that Exchange 2003 Standard is available with TechNet 'Standard'.  I assumed that TechNet Pro would be required for all versions of Exchange.
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Yes the with the standard technet subscription only the standard versions of 2003 and 207 are avalible. If you want enterprise edition you will need the professional subscription.
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LeeDerbyshire earned 63 total points
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Some of the Exchange admin books have a trial version supplied on a CD that accompanies the book.  If you can find an old E2003 admin book, you may find that it has such a CD.  Check before buying, of course.

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This is a difficult grade to assess, as there's no perfect answer.

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I was able to obtain a version of Exchange 2003 for testing from an associate.

The interview I needed this for has been moved to Thursday, so I have a little more time :)
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Okay, good luck!

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