[ExchangeList] Re: Swing AD or Exchange

  • From: "William Holmes" <wtholmes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 17:13:49 -0400

I should clarify: You can't take AD off of an exchange server as has been
previously pointed out. What I am saying is adding a second AD controller is
relatively easy compared to moving Exchange itself.  You should (whenever
possible) have more than one AD server in a domain. 





From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of William Holmes
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 3:53 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: Swing AD or Exchange


I would definitely choose to move AD over exchange. An AD move is simple (as
you outlined). Arguments go back and forth on running AD on the exchange
server.  The only time I do so is when running Small Business Server.  Also
don't forget to set your new AD server up to be a Global Catalog Server. Keep
in mind in won't be one by default when its not the first AD server in a
Domain/Forest.  After you are done copying over the AD to your new server get
another system and set that up as an AD server as well.  Microsoft recommends
a 2 to 1 ratio for exchange / Global catalog servers.





From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andrew English
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 3:23 PM
To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Swing AD or Exchange



Currently I have a Dell PowerEdge 2650 running dual Xeon, with 3GB of RAM
which was setup by the IT guy before me running AD and Exchange 2003 Server.


I want to know what's the best plan of attack to swing either AD or Exchange
2003 because yesterday the server tanked, I was able to get back up and
stable again, however I think its probably I good ideal to separate the AD
from Exchange so don't run into problems again.


Someone suggested to me that I created a new AD and replicate it with the
existing one, once its fully replicated and everything is working to snuff
move over the fsmo roles and demote the AD on the eXchange. I am wondering
what else I am going to need to do after that's done so that Exchange doesn't
whipe out. 




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