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Hi Guys

Can someone please let me know whether Microsoft Windows 2008 Active Directory will support a Microsoft Exchange 2003 Enterprise Server.

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948680
According to Microsoft, nope.
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Yep you can install exchange 2003 in a 2008 AD environment. Exchange would have to be installed on a windows 2003 server though. We are currently running mixed mode exchange 2007 and 2003 with a 2008AD without any issues

Here is the comparability matrix from microsoft...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728623.aspx

Hope that helps!

Dave J
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Hi

I just want to make clear that i am not refering to installing Ms Exchange 2003 on a Windows 2008 Server, but have a Ms Exchange 2003 server be part of a Windows 2008 Active Directory Domain.

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yep that will work. If you look at the link i attached, theres a "supported active directory environments". 2008 is listed under there as long as your running exchange 2003 sp2.

Hope that clears it up!

Dave J
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The only thing that could be an issue, if you have ever had an exchange 2007 or 2010 server in that domain you will not be able to install any exchange 2003 servers.
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Excellent.

The article was spot on.
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Hi oldhammbc

I have just noticed something in relation to your comments.

Your last comment appears to contradict your first comment made.

Please clarify.

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Ahh alll I was saying is after an exchange 2007 server has been installed into a domain you can no longer install any new exchange 2003 servers. Existing exchange 2003 servers will operate without issue and coexist with the new exchange 2007 servers but if you try to install a new exchange 2003 server the exchange 2003 installer will just error saying the AD version is too new.

Hope that clarifies it.

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Thank you for clearly that up.

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