Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server
2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2007-08-20
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 uses the Active Directory directory service to store and share directory information with Microsoft Windows. If you have already deployed Active Directory, it is important that you understand the existing Active Directory structure and how Exchange fits into this structure. If you have not yet deployed Active Directory, you are in a better position to design your Active Directory infrastructure with Exchange in mind.
For information about Active Directory forest design for your Exchange organization, see Logical Topologies. For more information about Active Directory forest design for your Exchange organization, see the Exchange Server Team Blog article http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/03/28/437313.aspx. For comprehensive Active Directory deployment information, see the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Guide.
In addition to the Active Directory forest design, you should also consider your organization's administrative model. Because Exchange Server 2007 uses Active Directory, you administer Exchange together with the operating system. Active Directory provides ways for you to delegate administrative authority to directory objects by using access control lists (ACLs).
What Will You Learn from These Topics?
The topics in this section provide detailed answers to the following questions:
- What are the benefits and limitations of the main
Active Directory scenarios?
- How do I integrate the Exchange Edge Transport server role with
- How do I integrate the Exchange Hub Transport server role with
- How do I manage permissions for administrators of Exchange and
- What administrative roles are available in
Exchange Server 2007?
- What permissions do the Exchange Server 2007
administrative roles require?
Who Should Read These Topics?
Information technology (IT) professionals who are responsible for planning and designing Exchange messaging systems should read these topics. Such professionals may include the following:
- System architects Those who are
responsible for designing the overall server infrastructure,
developing server deployment strategies and policies, and
contributing to networking connectivity design.
- IT managers Those who are the technical
decision makers and who manage the IT staff responsible for the
infrastructure, the desktop and server deployment, and server
administration and operations across sites.
- Systems administrators Those who are
responsible for planning and deploying technology across Windows
servers and evaluating and recommending new technology
- Messaging administrators Those who are
responsible for implementing and managing organizational