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Determine Your Server Type: Server 2003 or 2008

  • Solution: The choice might be in your hands, unless you’ve already made the decision to use the RTM version of Exchange, in which case you must go with Server 2003. The RTM of Exchange 2007 cannot be installed on a server running 2008. However, you can use SP1 on a server running both 2003 and 2008.

Keep in mind, however, that a network that includes Server 2008 domain controllers can still have a Server 2003 running Exchange 2007 RTM.

The following operating systems are possible with Exchange 2007 RTM:

  • Windows 2003 Server 64-bit Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter with SP1 or higher (with or without the Multilingual User Interface Pack [MUI]).
  • Windows 2003 Server 64-bit R2 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter (with or without the MUI).

The following operating systems are possible with Exchange 2007 SP1:

  • The previously listed 2003 options, with SP2 installed.
  • 64-bit edition of the Windows Server 2008 Standard operating system.
  • 64-bit edition of the Windows Server 2008 Enterprise operating system.
  • 64-bit edition of the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system.
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