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How to specify seperate pdc for exchange 2010

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Hello,

     Deploying Exchange 2010 to a server that is seperate from the PDC, however the server I'm deploying it on is still considered to be a domain controller, just not the primary one.   So basically i need to point it to the PDC.
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Justin Owens earned 125 total points
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I strongly recommend you not deploy Exchange 2010 onto a DC.... That said, it is technically possible.  What exactly are you trying to reference, in the need for a PDC emulator (technically there are no PDCs in AD)?  Exchange should only need to access a DC which is also a GC.

DrUltima
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You should NOT install Exchange on a Domain Controller. Why do you need to point the Exchange server to the DC that holds PDC emulator role?
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by:Adam Brown
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I'm going with the other guys in saying you shouldn't install Exchange on a Domain Controller. It's just bad juju. I'm also curious about why you need to point exchange to a PDC Emulator. The only thing the PDC Emulator role is really responsible for is Time Sync in the domain. There are no longer any offline Backup Domain Controllers in Windows AD services, so any domain controller will respond with up-to-date information for logins and such.
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>> . The only thing the PDC Emulator role is really responsible for is Time Sync in the domain

And of course its role in arbitrating account lockouts / password changes which are yet to propagate. :)

Deployment on a DC is supported but by no means recommended. I'll go along with exactly what's been said already. However, it's worth noting in any case that if you have to deploy it on a DC then you should still let Exchange's automated AD topology system locate the most appropriate DCs to use. If you have properly configured sites in AD Sites & Services then you really have nothing to fear on that side of things.

-Matt
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by:ctagle
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I managed to figure it out, thank you for the replies, the issue was that it was already installed on the PDC, so there was no issue lol.  The network I've been tasked with to sort out is a MESS.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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Repliers were knowledgeable and good advice but it didn't pertain to my situation, not their fault but the guy my company is replacing's fault.
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In what way did the responses not pertain to the situation?
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