Part of maintaining your Exchange deployment includes making sure directories are replicated between servers so that users can access information from any server. Site Replication Service provides mail-based directory replication between Exchange 2000 administrative groups and Exchange 5.5 sites.
When you install the first Exchange 2000 server in an Exchange 5.5 site, Site Replication Service is automatically installed. It creates a connection agreement with Active Directory Connector (ADC) and replicates directories based on the connector's schedule. You can create a new instance of Site Replication Service to distribute the replication load on the first computer running Exchange 2000 Server that you added to the site. If you have a large number of sites and administrative groups, this server must replicate directories with all other Exchange servers and send changes to all sites in your organization. When you add a new instance of Site Replication Service to another computer running Exchange 2000 Server in your organization, Site Replication Service negotiates with the first Exchange 2000 server to distribute the load.
Important Before you can create a new instance of Site Replication Service, you must install ADC. For more information, see the Planning and Installation documentation.
To create a new instance of Site Replication Service:
Warning You can delete an instance of Site Replication Service even if it is in use, but this is not recommended. If you remove the service, all copies of Exchange 5.5 directories are removed from computers running Exchange 2000 Server and replication data is lost. To restore copies of the Exchange 5.5 directory, create a new instance of Site Replication Service to replace the one you deleted.