Three Exchange Questions

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FIRST ? DOMAIN NAME CHANGE / EXCHANGE SERVER In about a month?s time, we?ll be changing domain names. Instead of optic-cc.org we?ll have opportunityjunction.org -- as our organization changes its name from OPTIC to Opportunity Junction. Anticipating this, there are some things I need to find out. Namely: what do we need to change when we migrate to the new domain name? As background: We have a primary domain controller named MINE; its fully qualified domain name is mine.opmine.optic-cc.org. From this, you can deduce that our domain is called OPMINE. Our primary domain controller is a Dell PowerEdge SC 1420, running Windows Server 2003 Standard and Exchange Server 2003 Standard. Our exchange server implementation is called OPMAIL. (so our X400 addresses are configured with c=US;a= ;p=OPMAIL;o=Exchange and so on). We have our site hosted at SBC Yahoo Small Business. Both of them, in fact. SECOND ? SETTING UP EXCHANGE ON OUR BDC We have a duplicate machine ? another Dell PowerEdge SC 1420, running Windows Server 2003 Standard -- that has not yet had Exchange Server installed. It has been promoted to a backup domain controller. I don?t have Exchange installed on it, and suspect that it may be interfering with some of the PDC?s functions. Specifically, when I add a new user and check the ?Create an Exchange Mailbox? option, the user is created, but their mailbox isn?t findable in the global address list. This problem doesn?t occur, apparently, when I simply turn the BDC off. I?m hoping that simply installing Exchange on that machine will remedy this. Are there any particular `gotchas? I need to watch out for when installing Exchange on the BDC of an existing Exchange setup? Do you know of a way to simply replicate a machine completely? Like Norton Ghost for servers? This would be ideal. THIRD ? INCONSISTENT BOUNCED EMAILS This is a very minor puzzle. One of our staff members, Jesse, has found that she doesn?t get bounced email notifications from our mail server. For instance, if she and I each send a message, from our Outlook work email, to a nonexistent domain ? john@yearehrlkwehrla.com for instance ? I get a message back from System Administrator: Thanks in advance for any assistance, --Alex

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As for renaming the domain, it should be fine as long as you are in 2003 Native mode for for domain.

You should keep exchange on a member server instead of a domain controller. I would demote the new server to a member server and install exchange and migrate the mailboxes and make the old exchange server a backup DC.

As far as Ghosting, you can ghost a server but you need to make the image before you make it a member of the domain.

The bounce back messages is a little mind boggling. I would enable message tracking and see where the message is going when sending it from her account and also the queue in ESM.

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