Deploying a Complex Exchange Organization
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.
Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3
Topic Last Modified: 2006-12-05
If you are deploying a complex Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization, you can use this topic to guide you through the planning and deployment information you will need to deploy Exchange. This topic includes links to the relevant information for a typical complex Exchange organization.
For information about deploying a simple Exchange organization, see Deploying a Simple Exchange Organization.
For information about deploying a standard Exchange organization, see Deploying a Standard Exchange Organization.
For information about deploying a large Exchange organization, see Deploying a Large Exchange Organization.
As its name implies, a complex Exchange organization represents the most intricate topology into which Exchange 2007 is deployed. Of the four defined organization models for Exchange 2007, the complex Exchange organization is the only model that includes multiple Active Directory directory service forests or the use of synchronization technology.
The deployment of multiple Active Directory forests that host Exchange servers and mailbox-enabled accounts is becoming a common scenario. A major driver of these deployments is the need to segregate administration of user environments and trusted security contexts. Because the forest represents the security boundary of Active Directory in deployments where security and controlling access to resources is the primary concern, it is common to find multiple Active Directory forests deployed in parallel.
For a detailed description of the complex Exchange organization, see Planning for a Complex Exchange Organization.
Before you start the actual planning phase of your deployment, you should understand the new features of Exchange 2007 so that you can choose which features to deploy in your organization. The following topics describe the new features that are important for a complex Exchange organization:
Before installing Exchange 2007, it is important that you plan your Exchange organization carefully. The following topics will guide you through the planning process for a complex Exchange organization:
After planning your Exchange organization, you are ready to deploy. There are three phases of deployment: preparation, installation, and post-installation. The following topics will guide you through the preparation phase:
The following topics will guide you through the installation phase:
The following topics will guide you through the post-installation phase: