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Can I purchase one Exchange 2000 enterprise license and use it to setup the front-end server?

I had plans to install one Exchange 2000 server in our DMZ (demilitarized zone), set it to be a front-end server and install a second Exchange 2000 server behind the firewall as the back-end server. But I just realized that the company I work for purchased Exchange 2000 "standard" licenses. So I can't configure FE/BE servers. Can I purchase one Exchange 2000 enterprise license and use that to setup the front-end server? And if I do, will it work correctly with my back-end server running Exchange 2000 standard?

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Yes, you can. You can purchase a single copy of Exchange 2000 Enterprise Edition and use it to create a single front-end server. Your back-end can run Exchange 2000 Server Standard without any problems. The only time you need Enterprise on the back-end is when you want to cluster the back-end or take advantage of the extra features found in the Enterprise Edition.

This was first published in October 2002

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