Managing an Exchange Server 2003 Organization


Topic Last Modified: 2005-04-15

When you install Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003, you can join an existing organization or create a new organization, if one does not already exist. An Exchange organization defines your messaging environment. An organization includes all the Exchange servers, domain controllers, global catalog servers, users, and other Microsoft Active Directory® directory service objects that function together as a single entity. Exchange organizations can include multiple Active Directory domains, but they cannot span multiple Active Directory forests.

You cannot change the organization name after it is created.

The configuration settings that you apply to an Exchange organization have the potential to affect all components in the organization. This chapter explains the basic administrative tasks that you can use to manage your Exchange organization. Use this chapter to understand what it means to promote an Exchange organization to native mode, how to apply global settings to control message formatting and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) message filtering, how to manage your organization and servers using administrative groups and system policies, and how permissions and standardized security roles work in Exchange.


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