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June 22, 2006

Exchange 2003 Step-by-Step Installation Instructions

Filed under: Exchange 2003, Microsoft Exchange — cregan @ 1:22 am

Well, I’ve been back from TechEd for almost a week, and my brain has fully recovered. I was planning on devoting a post to my experiences there, however, I got two requests today from colleagues asking me how to get Exchange server up-and-running. I had previously put together some basic ‘refresher’ directions for myself, but I decided to take some time and put together a full, step-by-step guide. These instructions are suitable for a small organization just looking to get up and running or anyone how wants to bring up an Exchange Virtual Server for development purposes, but is unsure how to. You can also download a PDF of these to follow along with offline – Click Here. Please keep in mind – these are still a DRAFT – I appreciate your comments & suggestions!

Exchange Server Setup Instructions – Single Server Topology (*DRAFT*)


  1. Make sure the server is a member of the domain the Exchange server is supposed to operate within.
  2. Ensure that the Operating System is completely up to date and all updates / patches have been applied.
  3. Ensure that the SMTP, NNTP & ASP.net Windows Server components are installed.
  4. Ensure that the Windows Server Support Tools have been installed – these are on the Windows 2003 CD – \Support\Tools\suptools.msi.

Exchange Server Installation – Preparing the Forest & Domain

  1. Log into the server using a domain administrator account that has Enterprise & Schema admin rights.
  2. Place the Exchange CD in the drive.  Autorun will launch with a splash screen for Resources & Deployment Tools.  Select Deployment Tools.
  3. Click on Deploy the First Exchange 2003 Server.
  4. Click on New Exchange 2003 Installation.
  5. Ensure that the server is operating properly and meets all of the Exchange requirements:
    1. The first three requirements should be met – check these off. 
    2. Run dcdiag to ensure properly connectivity to the domain controller.  The syntax to run this via a command prompt is dcdiag /s:DCNAME /f:dcdiag.txt – once run, review the dcdiag.txt file and ensure all tested were passed.  If tests did not pass, correct the problem and re-run dcdiag before moving on.  If everything looks good, check off this box and move on.
    3. Run netdiag.  The syntax is netdiag /l – this will print the results to netdiag.log – review this log for any errors.  If errors appear, correct them and then re-run the test.  If everything looks good, check off this box and move on.  
  6. Your Active Directory Forest must now be prepared so that it can support Exchange.  Note that Forestprep should be run only once per AD Forest!  Click on the Run Forestprep link.  
    1. If a compatibility warning message appears, click Continue.
    2. Click Next.
    3. Make sure you read the entire licensing agreement and memorize it – you will be tested on this later.  If you agree to the agreement, click I Agree and then Next.
    4. If prompted, enter your 25-digit CD key and then click Next.
    5. The Component Installation screen should appear and it should say Forestprep under Action next to Microsoft Exchange.
    6. Choose a different file location if you need to (use Browse).
    7. Then click Next.
    8. You will then be asked to provide an account to manage Exchange & delegate permissions with.  It is recommended to leave the default administrator account here, click Next, and allow forestprep to run.  Note that this will take some time and you should just leave the server alone.  You do not want to interrupt this!
    9. Click Finish when your forest preparation has completed.  You can then check off this box in the pre-installation list.
  7. You now have to run Domainprep in any domain that will host Exchange servers or Exchange users.  Click the Run Forestprep Link.
    1. If a compatibility warning message appears, click Continue.

    2. Click Next.  You may at this point or soon after be prompted with a message about the ‘Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access Security Group’ – basically, Exchange is warning you that you should make sure no users or groups are members of this group.  So you can either check out this group now and remove any users or do it later – it will not stop you from installing Exchange.

    3. The licensing agreement is presented again – click I Agree and then Next.

    4. If prompted, enter your 25-digit CD key and then click Next.

    5. The Component Installation screen should appear and it should say Domainprep under Action next to Microsoft Exchange.

    6. Choose a different file location if you need to (use Browse).

    7. Then click Next.

    8. Domainprep will then run – it’s pretty quick, and once it has completed, click Finish to continue.

  8. Congratulations!  Your forest, domain & server are prepared for Exchange server to now be installed.  You can then check off this box in the pre-installation check list, leaving you with only the last step unchecked.

Exchange Server Installation

  1. In the pre-installation checklist, click the Run Setup Now link. 

  2. Click Next.
  3. The licensing agreement is presented again – click I Agree and then Next.
  4. If prompted, enter your 25-digit CD key and then click Next.
  5. You will then be presented with the Component Installation Screen.  Make sure the following appears:  
    1. Action:  Typical for Component:  Microsoft Exchange Server.
    2. Action:  Install for Component:  Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services.
    3. Action:  Install for Component:  Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools.  
  6. You can then change the installation path if needed.  Note that once Exchange is up and running, you can move and separate your data & log files from one another on to different drives.  Once everything is setup properly, click Next.
  7. Select Create a New Exchange Organization and click Next.
  8. Now type the name of the Exchange Organization that you chose.  Make sure you choose the appropriate organization name – even in Exchange 2003 native mode, you can’t just rename the organization like any other object!  Once you type the name, click Next.
  9. Once again, you need to click I Agree to the licensing agreement and click Next.
  10. You will then be presented with an installation summary.  If everything looks good, click Next.  The installation of the server will then run.
  11. Once the installation has completed, click Finish.  Guess what – you’ve now got your very own Exchange Server setup and running!

Post-Installation Tasks

Well now that Exchange Server has been successfully installed, you can take a vacation and everything will run correctly, right?  Wrong.  The following are some of the more important post-installation tasks that you will need to complete:

Install the Latest Exchange Service Pack (SP2)


When installing SP2, make sure you review the release notes!

Move Your Data / Streaming Files / Transaction Logs


Setup Recipient Policy to receive mail for specific domains


Turn on Message Tracking and Mailbox Management

1.  Launch Exchange System Manager.

2.  Expand the Servers folder.

3.  Right click on your server and click Properties.

4.  Under the General tab, check Enable Message Tracking.  You can also configure it to Remove log files associated with message tracking after a certain number of days.

5.  Choose the Mailbox Management tab.

6.  Choose when you want mailbox management to run and how to report.

7.  Click Apply & Okay.

– Disable Unused Protocols

1.  Launch Exchange System Manager.

2.  Expand the Servers folder.

3.  Expand the tree under your server and expand the Protocols folder.

4.  Under each protocol folder, right click on the protocols you wish to disable and click Stop.  It is recommended to disable POP3 / NNTP / IMAP4.



  1. How about instructions on setting up an exchange front end server doe owa?

    Comment by eric — July 26, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

  2. You paid for this information? Shit, I learned all of this on my own by RTFM. Maybe something complex that everyone is asking the same question in all the forums might be something for you to consider.

    Comment by John Morkey — August 4, 2006 @ 8:21 am

  3. John,

    Where did I say I paid for this information? I put it together based on my own installation experiences. Everyone knows how the manuals are – they are terrible. This is a straight-forward quick guide for those who don’t have time to RTFM and need to just get Exchange up and running… it was posted as a courtesy for those folks. Based on the number of hits its getting and the search terms used that bring people to this post, its evident that there are a significant number of people looking for a quick guide on installing Exchange right the first time.


    Comment by cregan — August 4, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

  4. Its really great information but if u will give the full installation steps with snapshots of each & every step then may be it will be appreciate to you.

    Comment by Pravin Pol — August 16, 2006 @ 4:02 am

  5. Thank you for this information!!!

    Comment by the tester — September 10, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

  6. Does Exchange have to be installed on a domain environment? A small business wants exchange for the purpose of sharing calenders and Task list. Its a printing shop two locations around 20 miles a part. They are connected with a VPN and want exchage. Any Advise?

    Comment by Paul — September 25, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

  7. Hi Paul,

    Exchange will not function with Active Directory in place, as Exchange extends the AD Schema and adds the attributes / support for the mailboxes directly to the AD accounts.

    If the budget is tight, you may want to look at Small Business Server – you get Active Directory & Exchange along with a long list of other nice features in one inexpensive package… and you can run it all on one server. The users could then connect to Exchange via RPC over HTTP or Outlook Web Access, in addition to the standard TCP/IP local area network connection.

    If they are only looking into sharing calendars & task lists, you could also look at implementing Windows SharePoint Services on any Windows 2003 Server in their environment. WSS is included on 2003 servers and provides a nice basic web-based environment for collaboration.

    Let me know if you have any other questions,

    Comment by cregan — September 28, 2006 @ 1:12 am

  8. should i always run domain prep on a front end server?it says public and mail are not needed on front ends.

    Comment by manny — October 5, 2006 @ 1:02 am

  9. Hi Manny,

    Is your front-end server sitting in the same domain as your back-end server? If so, then your domain has already been prepped, and there would be no need to run it.

    Let me know if you have a different scenario,

    Comment by cregan — October 7, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  10. Dear Cregan

    i am a learner in exchange 2003 and i would like to get in pdf format a guide that can help me install and setup exchange 2003 server. i already know how to work with exchange 2000 server

    Comment by James — October 18, 2006 @ 6:08 am

  11. ok de

    Comment by James — October 18, 2006 @ 6:09 am

  12. James,

    Check the first paragraph of my blog – there is a PDF version of the installation for Exchange 2003 available via a link that says “Click Here.”


    Comment by cregan — October 20, 2006 @ 2:38 am

  13. I am haveing a little problem running forestprep. I am installing excoange server 2003 on a member server which is alredy connected to a Domain.The problem is, when i try to run forestprep from the member server, i get an erro. “can not connect to active directry schema master” what am i doing wrong? Am i supposed to run forestprep from the member server box or from the domain controller box. thanks

    Comment by Briggs — December 12, 2006 @ 3:43 am

  14. hi

    we want to install Exchange as a test. we only want to use it for calendar sharing. it is on the same IP range as our domain, but on seperate domain on its own.

    can that work?

    Comment by sondra — February 6, 2007 @ 11:19 am

  15. thank u i am raj from Garden city bangalore

    Comment by raj — April 24, 2007 @ 1:09 am

  16. hello sandra i am raj from bangalore
    question is not clear

    Comment by raj — April 24, 2007 @ 1:12 am

  17. hello sondra
    if u tell me what excatly the problems so i can try for an answer

    Comment by B.R Navalgund — April 24, 2007 @ 2:45 am

  18. Hi,

    I have just install exchange 2003 in one of my member server at the domain. Here are my steps:

    running SBS as PDC but exchange was not installed
    the service was off

    install a new win2k3 – sp2 as member server

    Member Server:

    run forestprep
    run domainprep
    install exchange 2003
    update exchange 2003

    I have seen at the AD at the member server that I have option to run exchange task for the old user. When I create a new user, I can see the option to add exchange mail box in the AD. However, I can only see the new user at the AD at the PDC but the exchange tab is not found at the PDC.


    run forestprep
    run domainprep

    Member Server:

    reinstall exchange 2003
    update exchange 2003 sp2

    I still cannot see exchange tab at my PDC at AD.

    What I have done wrong? I just wonder anyone can help me out. So I can see the exchange tab at the AD at the PDC.

    Thanks in advanced!


    Comment by Ricky — May 9, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

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  20. Have you modified your document to take it past the DRAFT stage? I think it’s been a draft document for over a year.

    Comment by Michael Young — July 26, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  21. HI Cregan, ( and anyone who can help )

    I would really appreciate your opinion and guidance in the following area.

    My company is using MS Advanced Server 2000 as domain controller, along with other member servers both 2000 and 2003.

    My project includes upgrading everything to server 2003 STD.


    I cannot upgrade the MS Advanced server ( the DC) to 2003 STD since its a lower version/product.

    2. We use a non MS email server which is basically crap. SO i want to get rid of it.

    I would like to install a MS SBS 2003 Premium, but it only functions as a DC and cannot coexist unless i create a new seperate domain.

    In your opinion how can i manage to install SBS 2003 as the domain controller to replace the existing DC, as it would allow me to configure the embedded exchange server while saving me significant $$, and at the same time to have exchange server for email.

    Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Kamran — August 14, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

  22. Thanks a lot for the nice informative document.If you can add the screen shots of the day to day operations with Exchange that will be great.

    Comment by Alchemist — September 25, 2007 @ 5:05 am

  23. Hi
    Iam planning to learn exchange server and i should go forward in that and implement each and every things. i should be an exchange server Administrator its my aim now.


    Comment by vijayavarma — September 26, 2007 @ 2:24 am

  24. Hi Cregan!

    This is actually very nice document that saved me a lot of time reading those long, not-so-straight documents on Exchange Installation. I would like to see something similar on Windows 2003 Active Directory Server. I

    Comment by Malipula — October 5, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  25. hello everyone,
    is it necessary to dcpromo first before installing exchange? or can i install exchange after i joined the domain?

    Comment by kerimbot — November 6, 2007 @ 2:25 am

  26. Hi Kerimbot,

    If you are looking to install Exchange on a domain controller, you must run dcpromo first.

    If the machine is part of a domain with one or more domain controllers already up and running, then you can just install Exchange.

    Good luck,

    Comment by cregan — November 7, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

  27. Thank you very very much buddy.
    You’ve enlightened me a LOT!! 😀

    Comment by kerimbot — November 9, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  28. Hiya,

    Very useful forum. Cheers 🙂

    Do you need to create MX records internally or request them to be added at your ISP in order to ensure delivering/receiving of e-mails ?


    Comment by Nico — November 11, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

  29. Hi Nico,

    In order to receive mail from external sources, you need to have external MX records, typically created by your ISP, or whoever hosts your external DNS. Internally, you should also create MX records on your local DNS server (if you have one) to ensure internal mail is delivered properly.


    Comment by cregan — November 11, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  30. I think this is a nice step by step documentation for installing Exchange. Thank you for sharing this information. I am new to Exchange and I want to install this in a Virtual Machine to learn about Exchange. Can you reccommend best practice to make this work in the Virtual Machine – I am using Virtual PC? Some of the things I want to try are:
    1) installing exchange in a member server instead of a domain controller
    2) installing a second exchange server and replicating between the two servers
    3) Test sending message (within the domain only) using Outlook since this is only a demo and is not configured as a live mail server to send and receive external mails.
    4) Configure OWA
    5) Configure Public Folders

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by emgeneral — November 22, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    • i would like to thank you for your help! following the guidance i have installed the exchange 2003 successfully and all are in one server, but when I try to join work stations to the domain it doesn’t accept it and also I can’t ping the server from workstation or from work station to server. what it could be the problem?

      Comment by efrem tsegay — June 12, 2014 @ 10:50 am

  31. Hi Chris,

    Your installation guilde is really very helpful as I have planning to implent Exchange Server 2003 in my organization. I have completed the installation process. Could you please provide me the step by step guide for confifuring OWA and Outlook to send/receive mails. I have created a MX records with my ISP for my Exchange DNS. But still I am not able to access that . Could you please throw some light into this.
    Your feedback will be very helpful.
    Thank you in anticipation.

    Comment by Bijoy — November 26, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    • Hello Mr.Chris,
      Pls can u help me. I need Exchange Server 2003 Configuration and Installation guide . Could u pls provide me the step by step guide for configuring OWN outlook to send/receive mail. I have create a MX records with my ISP for my Exchange DNS.Pls throw some light info this.
      My E-mail Address is emondebanath@yahoo.com

      Thanks ………

      Comment by Emon — August 4, 2010 @ 7:14 am

  32. I have installed Exchange 2003 as instructed then now am try to access OWA at the address https://myexchangeserver/owa but is not works ? anyone know the problem ?

    Thanks in advanced.

    Comment by Harriansyah — November 26, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  33. it suppose to be http://myexchangeserver/exchange

    Comment by kerimbot — November 29, 2007 @ 6:36 am

    • you have to run domainprep and forestprep in the Member PC.

      Comment by Schouley — March 12, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  34. Hi this is the first time i am working with exchange server (2003) for testing purpose and my scenario is in below:

    Root Server: act as DC

    Name: test.twintest.com




    Member PC-: exchange here:

    Name: testexchnage.twintest.com (all exchange setup here)




    where i have to run domainprep and forestprep? in the DC or in the Member pc (above)?

    Comment by basak — December 1, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  35. I did that.
    forestprep—in root server
    domainprep–in member pc(where the exchange setup)

    Comment by basak — December 8, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  36. hai basak,
    Just run both on the testexchnage.twintest.com.(i assume,this member pc already joined the domain)

    *make sure you install all prerequisite things (see–>Exchange Server Setup Instructions – Single Server Topology (*DRAFT*) )

    :\Setup.exe /forestprep
    follow instructions


    :\Setup.exe /domainprep
    follow instructions

    :\Setup.exe /install
    follow instructions

    Any comment?

    Comment by kerimbot — January 3, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  37. missing drive letter in front :\Setup.exe

    Comment by kerimbot — January 3, 2008 @ 1:42 am

  38. hi , this is srikanth ,i want to learn exchange server 2003 it is big challenge to me to implement please could u help me , send me installation documentation or pdf guide step by step

    Comment by srikanth — January 11, 2008 @ 6:23 am

  39. BRAVO!!!!!
    For all the help you have given to everyone!
    It is really a good and simple guide!
    Thank you and again Congratulations!

    Comment by Effrossini — March 25, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  40. I installed Exchange 2003 for the first time, the only material I had was this link. At the first shot itself, it was most successful
    Much appreciated – Srikanth MB

    Comment by Srikanth M B — May 8, 2008 @ 7:31 am

  41. please provide printgable version

    Comment by Ali Amer — May 27, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  42. There is a printable version – in the first paragraph there is a link to it.

    Comment by cregan — May 27, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  43. Hai
    its very helpful for me


    Comment by selva — July 26, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  44. Can anyone please send me MS Exchange Server 2003 installation documentation or pdf guide step by step.

    Comment by Kaushal — November 8, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  45. Are we assuming that DC/AD is on one machine and the other machine is exchange? I forget but do you need to run AD on both machines in order to run exchange on one of the machines? So basically how do i run exchange on one machine and point that to DC/AD on the other machine?

    Comment by luong — November 13, 2008 @ 3:08 am

  46. hi all

    i have a problem that i hope you can help me with. after installin exchange without problem i open exchange system manager and look in “server” folder.. nothing!! the server is missing!?? and it is not display admin group issue. what have i done wrong

    Comment by Björn — November 14, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  47. Hi,
    I don’t find anything new in this tutor just another stupid page on the search engine :p

    Comment by Omar — December 20, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  48. Hi….
    How can install exchange server 2003 on member server 2003 sp2
    what i do first please help me.

    Comment by Amit Jaiswal — January 7, 2009 @ 1:45 am

  49. Having issues doing the install. I have done everything step by step. after the forest and domain prep. the install seems to lock up and then says the prerequisites are not completed. But I have double checked this several times. I have tried this on 3 diferent servers…

    Comment by jeremy — January 8, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

  50. good

    Comment by justin — January 23, 2009 @ 2:03 am

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  52. Many thanks for this grate documentation. Can you please tell us how to configure Mail boxes that can send and receive emails internally, and mailboxes that can send and receive emails from external and internal.thx.

    Comment by Jado — February 19, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  53. I want to install Exchange Server 2003 at my office.Need a help

    Comment by Ganesh — March 11, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  54. i want to know the steps of configuring the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

    Comment by Ganesh — March 11, 2009 @ 10:10 am

  55. Hi Cregan, I am looking to rebuild our single Exchange 2003 Server and move the users mailboxes one at a time (existing server on it’s last legs). My questions are a) can I just install the new Exchange Server in our domain (new server name), which steps above do I need to follow? b) what exact information do I need to obtain to migrate the same configuration settings from our existing server? c) any other information which might be useful?
    Many thanks, Shipm8y

    Comment by shipm8y — May 27, 2009 @ 4:16 am

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  57. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by sandrar — September 10, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  58. Dear friend,
    Plz i need your help i m from rwanda,here is my question,i sep up a small network,No wi m installing my exchange server(owa)when i m installing forestprep i have this message 0x103798A please any one can hellp how to resolve this kind of error.

    Comment by Mamamiya — November 29, 2009 @ 5:31 am

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  60. very Useful bog.. Thanks for the author..

    Comment by Vetri — December 24, 2009 @ 8:27 am

  61. hi,

    I have a list of hundreds of email accounts of different domain like..yahoo, hotmail, gmail and some of my local domain.
    Is there any way in MS Exchange 2003 server to send an email to this list of different email accounts? and how can I connect this list to MS Exchange 2003 server to send an email to the whole list.

    Comment by MujahidHussain — January 12, 2010 @ 12:54 am

    • sending mails you do with outlook, not with exchange server. So in outlook you make a distribution list with all your adresses, and then make te mail send to this distribution list.

      Comment by starpoint — February 2, 2010 @ 7:09 am

  62. Thank you, Chris, this is really a great getting started guide for those of us who do not (yet) have a clue 🙂

    Comment by Tom — January 22, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  63. thanks. nice for information really hlpd

    Comment by Sayad — January 27, 2010 @ 6:47 am

  64. I have a dump question about installing Exchange 2003 as a second sever in same domain as a member server; do I need to perform the following steps after joining server in the domain?

    run forestprep
    run domainprep
    install exchange 2003
    update exchange 2003

    I am gettinig MSExchaneFBPulish error and not able to create user smailbox if I simply install Exchange as a second server.
    NOTE: I did not run forestprep & domainprep.
    At this time, I un-installed Exchange and look forward to feedbak.

    Comment by Kaye — February 1, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  65. what if the 25 digit section didnt prompt

    is that normal

    thanks for your knowledge sharing CRX

    Comment by soulX — March 10, 2010 @ 7:45 am

  66. how many steps to install exchange server 2003

    Comment by myatthuhein — March 19, 2010 @ 9:30 am

  67. Chris, I am very new to exchange, but have been given the task of moving from our old exch2003 server to a new one. We use all the bells and whistles like OWA, Calender, Public folders, etc. I am looking for steps to this including moving the mailboxes. We are moving from one domain to another as well. Can you personally email me some links or details or assistance? Thank You, love the info on site.

    Comment by Pete — March 23, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  68. hello evrybody
    i need Download MS-Excange 2003 but i am not finde it on enternet
    plz help me

    Comment by Ayman Imbarek — April 5, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

  69. hey man,
    iam from udaipur. raj.

    dude i want 2 know which devices are OMA (outlook mobile Access)supported..
    plz help me if u know anything abt that.
    post the configuration steps too..
    thanks in advance..

    my website-way2conf.wordpress.com

    Comment by Chirag — April 16, 2010 @ 8:19 am

  70. hey man,
    i am from kolhapur/madyal. prakash
    dude i want 2 know which devices are OMA (outlook mobile Access)supported..
    plz help me if u know anything abt that.
    post the configuration steps too..
    thanks in advance..

    Comment by prakash — April 17, 2010 @ 2:51 am

  71. hey man,
    i am from kolhapur/madyal. prakash
    thanks. nice for information really hlpd

    realy thank

    Comment by prakash — April 17, 2010 @ 2:55 am

    • i am kind of stuck at the same point, can u please tell me how u go through this.


      Comment by David — August 29, 2010 @ 11:12 am

  72. Hi….
    How can install exchange server 2003 on member server 2003 sp2
    what i do first please help me.I want to install Exchange Server 2003 at my office.Need a help

    Comment by sunil — May 6, 2010 @ 6:30 am

  73. hi this is jahid i m stady in lincoln collage in malaysia. i have a exchange server and i want to know how to install the exchange server… i want easily install it…

    Comment by jahid — May 8, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  74. Hi!
    I have a RDC (abc.com), a child Domain (xyz.abc.com). My exchange server is a member of the parent domain and is working fine within the parent domain. But my problem is that I am not able to connect to the child domain from the exchange server and vice-versa. Please help me so that I can connect the mail server to the child domain and the user belonging to the child domain can also use the mail server.

    Thank you……

    Comment by Mallar — June 27, 2010 @ 4:23 am

  75. hanks for such nice post

    Comment by anuj — July 31, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  76. Hi, Thanks for the good installation guide. An additional prerequisite I ran into:
    – Disable the Windows Firewall service. Otherwise I could not connect to the server from Outlook.


    Comment by Jens — August 19, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  77. first of all very nice and detailed information on installation but i am kinda stuck with the first pointer here…1 of my servers is a Domain controller and also hosts the DNS, the 2 server is a member of the domain but i am not sure what kind of authorities does it require, can u please also setup a small work paper for this. thanks’

    Comment by David — August 29, 2010 @ 11:09 am

  78. hi i found exchange server 2003 setup step by step


    Comment by anuj — August 29, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  79. Thank you for handy guide. I just setup exchange for my organization using your tutorial.

    Comment by Nabin — November 21, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  80. i read step & i tring that also. there are step are very goofd that. thanks that there are the best.

    thank you

    chirag kale

    Comment by chirag kale — November 24, 2010 @ 12:22 am

  81. I installed Exchange 2003 for the first time, the only material I had was this link. At the first shot itself, it was most successful
    Much appreciated

    Comment by anujsharma — February 11, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  82. i am a learner in exchange 2003 and i would like to get in pdf format a guide that can help me install and setup exchange 2003 server. i already know how to work with exchange 2000 server

    Comment by satish gupta — March 21, 2011 @ 1:23 am

  83. wow it’s nice one successful,and given in right way thanks for the post,keep it up.

    Comment by solo — April 5, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

  84. hi. our server is running smal busines server 2003, can i setup a mail server wit it? and how do i go about that.

    ps. do i need o get microsoft exchange in order for my server to act as server for my company emails? we have a domain already


    Comment by Chidi — April 11, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  85. Fantastic Information.

    Kanta Prasad
    Pune India

    Comment by Kanta Prasad — July 20, 2011 @ 5:24 am

  86. Hello Sir
    I am installing exchange server 2003 on windows server 2003
    I have another server which is windows server 2008 but we have not created the domain. The client computers are on a workgroup
    will that be possible for the workgroup computers to access the emails through the exchange server or no
    and do i need to do some settings at the website hosting side as right now we are accessing the emails directly using microsoft outlook
    I will wait for your reply

    Comment by Rajesh Bagga — August 3, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

  87. Hi, we have a Machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 and I would like to install exchange 2003 on server 2003 on another machine to not bother the DC.

    What are the steps for installing exchange on this configuration?

    Comment by Emmanuel — August 25, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

  88. can i install exchange on a server that is not DC? is it a must to have DNS running before exchange can be installed? pls i need urgent reply to these.
    thanks in advanvance.

    from Abbey

    Comment by Abbey — December 8, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    • Abbey the recommendation is to install Exchange on a member server, and not a domain controller. You do need your domain infrastructure up & running before installing Exchange, so DNS should be running prior to the installation.

      Comment by cregan — December 8, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  89. hai i want to setup exchange server in my office please can u send me the pdf file step by step
    please thank u

    Comment by pavan — December 13, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  90. if smtp server and exchange server are separate installed then how can i publish it for internet use

    Comment by pawan — January 12, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  91. ser 2003 enterprise have a exchange?

    Comment by xman — April 6, 2012 @ 6:42 am

  92. Hi,

    You may also check how to send SMS from MS Exchange 2003 with Ozeki NG SMS Gateway:


    Comment by FadlAzhar — May 18, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  93. This article was very helpfull. Thanks for the post

    Comment by asdfasdf — August 2, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

  94. Hi all,
    I have following setup, the existing exchange server giving problem it is configure as first domain controller along with exchange server and global catalog. Though I already move most of the roles of this server to another domain controller in same organziation.

    I ran the forestprep and domainprep on that server when it was configure in 2010. Now I setup new machine and install the windows 2003 with sp3,
    1) My question is do I configure this as AD domain controller or member server is enough,
    2) If I install exchange on this memeber sever do I need to run the forestprep and domainprep utlitites.

    Early reply will be appreicate if the setup by step is provided for the second sever, the idea is after moving all the mail boxes and public folders to new server(could be member) exchange I will turn of my old 2010 exhcnage server even will remove as my active directory domain controller.

    Comment by Akber — September 3, 2012 @ 5:18 am

  95. i install exchange 2003 server for local messaging for small office. i can send message . messages are available on the send item folder. but the mail i send are not receiveing. please help. tosajesh@gmail.com

    Comment by Sajesh Mohan — April 14, 2013 @ 3:30 am

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