How can I manage my Exchange 2003 server from a Windows XP/2000/2003 workstation?
This article describes the steps to be taken in order to be able to administer an Exchange 2003 server from a Windows XP Pro computer that is installed with SP1 or SP1a or from a Windows Server 2003 Member Server.
Note: For an Exchange 2000 version of this page and for more background on this issue (with detailed screenshots) click on the following article: Administer Exchange 2000 from Windows XP SP1.
You can administer Exchange Server 2003 servers from a Windows computer by using Exchange Setup to install only Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools.
Note: If you have not installed an Exchange 2003 server in your organization, you must first run ForestPrep. ForestPrep extends the Active Directory schema to include Exchange-specific classes and attributes, and creates the container object for the Exchange organization in Active Directory.
To install Exchange System Management Tools ensure that the computer meets the following requirements:
Depending on the version of Windows that is running on the computer, install the required services.
Windows XP Service Pack 1
Windows XP SP2
Windows Server 2003
Windows 2000 Professional SP3
Windows 2000 Server SP3
Next, run Exchange Setup, located in the SETUP\I386 folder. On the Component Selection page, set the installation action to Custom, and then select Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools.
After the installation is complete go to the Start menu and see if the Microsoft Exchange folder and shortcuts have been successfully created.
Finally, you must install the latest Exchange 2003 Service Pack:
Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) was released on the 19th of October 2005. You can download SP2 for Exchange 2003 right here:
Download Exchange 2003 SP2 (109mb)
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