Exchange 2007 SP2 & 2008 R2 – What’s the deal?

Now that Exchange Team has released the updated xml files to include 2008 R2 as a possible domain controller for Exchange 2007 SP2, some are confused as to what it means and questions are raised in various forums. Let me get this straight. Exchange 2007 SP2 will support 2008 R2 DCs in your network, even…

Now that Exchange Team has released the updated xml files to include 2008 R2 as a possible domain controller for Exchange 2007 SP2, some are confused as to what it means and questions are raised in various forums. Let me get this straight.

  • Exchange 2007 SP2 will support 2008 R2 DCs in your network, even in a pure 2008 R2 domain.
  • You can’t install Exchange 2007 SP2 on a 2008 R2 member server even with the new xml files.
  • The server on which exchange gets installed has to be Windows 2008.
  • It means that you cannot have exchange 2007 on a Windows 2008 R2 DC (single server scenario) for the time being, which is a huge blow for small businesses.
  • Most hardware vendors have started shipping 2008 R2 as the base operating system & small companies should be careful, if you intend to run an exchange environment on the same server.

If you try to run the 2007 SP2 setup on a 2008 R2 server, the setup clearly specifies that it is not supported.

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