RE: New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC environment

  • From: "Brandon San Miguel" <BSanMiguel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 13:56:59 -0600

I just upgraded my systems last week and it took about 3 hrs. 

Put in your Exchange CD and go to EXDEPLOY. 

There is a checklist you go through when installing Exchange. Once you have 
done all the checklist prerequistes, you can then install Exchange. Make sure 
you also download SP1 for Exchange since this file is 100MB in size. 

You won't get all the bells and whistles that you will have if you install 
exchange on a 2003 OS Server. RPC over HTTP and the new backing up methods 
aren't supported on a 2000 OS server. Only 2003.
 
Before you run forestprep/domainprep, you have to run dcdiag.exe and 
netdiag.exe and ensure you don't have any major errors. Those have to be 
cleared before your forestprep/domainpreps are ran otherwise Exchange WILL 
error out and tell you that it can't continue because of these problems. Don't 
worry, you can't really screw much up if your systems aren't talking to each 
other and you have Active Directory issues.

Brandon San Miguel
Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Network Engineer
Ph: 210-444-5152

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Moffat [mailto:steve@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 12:20 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC 
environment

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Exchange is NOT supported on Virtual Machines, including Microsoft's.

Steve 

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew English [mailto:andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 11:27 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC 
environment

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Mohammed method is not the correct one. You can do it if you want but you will 
only be sorry down the road. There are two methods which work best and they are:

1. depending on how many users are going to have, I think you said already 350 
you can always have your client buy a monster machine, dual P4 XEON's 3.0Ghz 
1Meg or higher, 4GB of RAM or more, and a very nice SCSI RAD system, not to 
mention your NIC. 

You would install Windows 2003 Standard or Enterprise (if standard doesn't 
manage your hardware needs) server first then:

1. install all the crucial windows updates 2. install VMware GSX Server (you 
could also use ESX Server with the above hardware) 3. setup a VM session for 
Win2k3 Standard with the settings you need make it AD (DC) 4. install all the 
crucial windows updates 5. run dcpromo and convert the server running in a VM 
session to AD (DC).

Create a new VM session for your Exchange and do the following:

1. install all the crucial windows updates 2. install VMware GSX Server (you 
could also use ESX Server with the above hardware) 3. setup a VM session for 
Win2k3 Standard with the settings you need make it EX 4. install all the 
crucial windows updates 5. join the server to the AD (DC) like you join your 
workstations.

Take the Exchange CD and pop it in the CDROM drive then on your AD (DC) run the 
following commands. 

1. setup /forestprep
2. setup /domainprep

On your EX VM session run Setup off the same CD and your done. The thing to 
remember is that you MUST run "update /forestprep" and "update /domainprep" on 
the AD (DC) with Exchange SP1 before installing it on your EX machine.

As for how much resources to give your AD and EX VM machines. For offices that 
are 5 to 10 users you can setup AD on 256MB RAM, and 4GB hard drive, EX on 
512MB RAM, and 4GB hard drive.


The other method is to have two physical machines, one for AD the other for EX, 
it will probably cost you more in the end to buy two servers than it would to 
buy one monster server and run GSX or ESX from VMware on it.

Regards,
Andrew


-----Original Message-----
From: Mohammed Tantawi [mailto:mtantawi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 3:51 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC 
environment

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Dear Tim, 

The First thing you will do is join the server to the domain with the normal 
way . 

For example if you have your domain controller with this name ( DC1) , and you 
have already 20 users inside this domain , all what you have to do is :-

1. Bring New PC and install on it Windows 2000 Advanced server .
2. Name this PC with this Name " mail".
3.join this PC to the domain .
4.log in to this PC with the Administrator Account ( Enterprise Administrator ).
5. Put your exchange CD in the CD Drive , and run the following command ( 
setup/forestprep ).
6. the same command but ( setup/domainprep ). 
7. after that complete the setup Normal.
8. then restart your server ( mail ) and then you will see your exchange is 
working on line ) .


Please test this is on the Testing Pc's only . and inform me 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Jordan [mailto:tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 10 ذو القعدة, 1425 01:52 ص
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC 
environment

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Most of your answers are at the Microsoft web site.  The big thing is to backup 
because your going to be altering the AD schema when adding Exchange.  So do a 
good work of reading first, because the order of setup is critical for you.

TJ 

-----Original Message-----
From: A. M. Salim [mailto:msalim@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 12:21 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] New Exchange 2003 server in existing AD/DC environment

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Hi,

One of my customers has a current, active AD and DC already installed and 
running in their organization but they do not have an Exchange server.
Now they want to add an Exchange 2003 Standard server.  They want the Exchange 
server to fit into the existing AD.

I am used to setting up a stand-alone Exchange server in a brand new 
environment where I also set up the AD and DC on the same server but not this 
scenario with an existing and operational AD.  So what is the best way to 
install Exchange 2003 in this scenario?  How do I enable the new Exchange 
server in the existing AD?  Once it is in the AD, how do I mail-enable selected 
users so their email will be going through Exchange?
There will be about 350 users, is there a way to script this?

TIA!

Mike Salim


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