Using Exchange server as Domain Controller

  • From: "Mark Budman" <mbudman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 08:25:31 -0400


   I am currently building and Exchange 2000 server and Windows 2000 Active 
Directory network.  We have on site an external consultant, and his 
recommendations are that we make our Exchange server box as a Domain 
Controller. His reasoning for this is that the Microsoft connector to Active 
directory is not good, and with the power of computers in today's world, the 
additional load should not be a problem.

   In addition, he recommends Disk mirroring for the system partition (drive 
"C"), and RAID 5 for the data (Drive "D"). I was under the impression that this 
would be a good idea if you have two controller cards, unnecessary with one 

   Our server specs are as follows:

Dell PowerEdge 2500 933 with 1 Gig RAM
6 x 18 gig hot swappable removable hard drives
2 drives for mirroring
4 for data RAID 5

   Our consultant also recommends placing the backup on a separate machine (not 
the exchange server) and backing up the store through the wire. Our information 
store is currently 15 gigabytes. I think it would be better to have the backup 
on the Exchange server.

Anyone have any comments or thoughts on the above three items?

Please let me know.



Mark Budman

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