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Exchange with Windows 2000

We are currently not using Exchange, but we are interested in getting it. We have a Windows 2000 server and are wondering what the best version is for us.

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Not knowing any of your business justification or corporate history, I would recommend that you look at Exchange Server 2003 running on either Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.

Make sure you install the latest service packs and hotfixes for both the Windows operating system and for Exchange server when you do install.

I also strongly recommend you use Exchange Server 2003 in conjunction with Outlook 2003 clients on the desktops in your environment, as you'll be able to take advantage of something called Outlook Cached Mode, which will minimize client-server traffic and facilitate running a highly centralized Exchange infrastructure.


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This was first published in May 2005

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