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November 6, 2011 at 16:08:52
Specs: Windows Server 2003 Standard, Intel Dual Core/4GB
Can we install Exchange 2003 on 2003 server that have AD installed?

I have set up a domain with only one 2003 server that has AD, DNS and DHCP installed. When I try to install Exchange 2003 I can't go past forest preparation. I keep getting the error of 'The component "Microsoft Exchange Forest Preparation" cannot be assigned the action "ForestPrep"'.

I have done DCDiag and NetDiag and seemingly found no problem.

Please comment!

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November 7, 2011 at 02:18:37
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It is possible, but definitely not recommended. Have a look at, for example, for a few reasons why. Google "Exchange 2003 on DC" for more results.

If you Google the error message that you are getting you will get a large number of hits. Check them out to see if any of the issues mentioned apply in your case.

So - Google, Google, Google.

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November 7, 2011 at 08:05:39
you need to run the exchange adprep first so AD has the schema object for exchange.

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November 8, 2011 at 22:06:28
This is a reply to wanderer.

I got the error message of 'The component "Microsoft Exchange Forest Preparation" cannot be assigned the action "ForestPrep"' while I tried to install the Exchange on to the 2003 Server. I ran everything off the Windows 2003 CD.

I had done the test with DCDiag and NetDiag and there was no problem. All tests passed.

Anyway I had followed the New Exchange 2003 Installation pre-requisite guide and ensured that all components were installed.

The logged-on user was a domain administrator.

What could be the problem? Somebody told me I need to have the Exchange installed on another server in the same domain. That is AD and Exchange can't co-exist on the same server.

Thanks in advance!

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November 8, 2011 at 22:32:12
This is a reply to ijack.

Thanks for the information. I appreciate the possible drawbacks. However, this is not a production sever. It is built for exercise. I believe it is possible to do that technically. However I encounter a problem in the process of installation as described in my reply to wanderer. Please advise!

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November 8, 2011 at 23:20:17
Have you Googled the error message for possible causes? What you are trying to do is certainly possible.

If all else fails, you could run another copy of the OS in a Virtual Machine and install Exchange on that.

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November 9, 2011 at 18:31:17
Thank for the help.
I managed to get it going after adding the logged-on administrator as a member of the Schema Administrators.

The logged-on administrator was then already a domain administrator. I had supposed a domain administrator is a super-user and had all the rights in a domain.

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