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Installing Exchange Server 2003 and a domain controller on the same hardware

Discover the complications that could arise from installing Exchange Server 2003 and the domain controller on the same hardware.

I have to set up a network for a company that has around 100 employees. Due to a small budget, I can only buy one Windows 2003 server, which would act as the domain controller (DC), Active Directory (AD) and file server. Is it possible to install Exchange Server 2003 on the same hardware? If so, what are the things I need to keep in mind before installation?
It is possible to do this, but I highly recommended against it. If possible, you should put the domain controller on any other hardware you can and keep Exchange on its own server. The following article explains in greater detail why the Exchange server should not also be a domain controller.

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This was last published in March 2009

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