Can Win23K Member Svr as a backup for Xchg 2K/Wink2K?

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Diane, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Diane

    Diane Guest

    We have a Exchange 2K running on a Win2k DC and want to
    upgrade another server to a Win 2003/member in the Win2k
    domain. Can the win3K server be used as a backup server
    for Xchg in case the primary goes down? We are
    specifically concerned about whether we would need to
    make any other changes (e.g. ADprep??) in order for Xchg
    2K to run on the 3K server. Also, we have never run
    Xchg on a member server since we work with small
    businesses who typically have only a few servers and none
    to spare. Assuming the Win3k server can be a backup are
    there any other considerations for running Xchg on a
    member server?

    We do have another Win2k DC which unfortunately could not
    be used for the Xchg backup.

    Thanks for your help.

    Diane, Aug 1, 2004
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  2. Diane

    Robert Moir Guest

    Windows 2003 cannot run Exchange 2000 so this cannot work from that point of
    view. As for DC vs. Member server, a lot of exchange admins consider it best
    practice to run exchange on a member server where possible anyway so there
    isn't anything special you need to do to run exchange on a member server.
    Obviously it still needs the domain controllers that it uses to be connected
    and functioning properly.

    In either case, what exactly do you mean by "backup server"? Your mail box
    stores would still be on the original server and moving them when the
    original system is down would mean doing a disaster recovery from backup and
    quite frankly, the amount of time and bother you'd go through for that might
    be better spent fixing the "proper" server.

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  3. Diane

    Diane Guest


    Thank you. I realize E2k cannot be run in a Win23K domain
    environment due to AD changes, however, I understood it
    was possible with a Win23K member server. I agree, the
    best approach is to fix the "proper" server. We are
    trying to plan for a worst case scenario given what we
    have to work with before we build the Win23k box.

    Diane, Aug 1, 2004
  4. Diane

    Robert Moir Guest

    Actually its the other way around. Exchange 2000 definately cannot run on a
    Windows 2003 system at all, member server or not, but (as far as i can
    remember) it isn't too worried about what version of active directory you

    Exchange 2003, however, will run on Windows 2000 & Windows 2003 quite
    I think you'll need to look at a "hot spare" hardware box.

    Rob Moir, Microsoft MVP for servers & security
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    Robert Moir, Aug 1, 2004
  5. Hi Diane,

    Exchange 2000 is not supported on Windows Server 2003. It is recommend that
    you perform the Exchange backup regular.


    Exchange 2000 Server Database Recovery

    272234 XADM: Overview of Maintenance, Backup, and Disaster Recovery for

    In addition, you can also submit a new post in our Exchange news groups to
    get more specific suggestions:

    Have a nice day!

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    Bob Qin [MSFT], Aug 2, 2004
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