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Topic Last Modified: 2010-07-19

The Communications Server 2010 Central Management database stores user data for all Enterprise Edition servers within a pool. As a centralized repository, the Central Management database cannot be installed on the same computer as any other Communications Server 2010 role. The Central Management database cannot reside on an Enterprise Edition server in the pool. The Central Management database is created automatically when you create the pool, but the computer that you designate as the back-end server must already be running the Microsoft SQL Server database software in order for installation to succeed. Before you deploy Enterprise Edition server, install SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) on a dedicated computer that meets the hardware requirements. For details about hardware requirements, see Production Environment Requirements. Before you create the Enterprise pool, you must also configure Windows Firewall to allow SQL Server 2008 access to various ports.

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