Exchange 2000 Server Integration with Other Microsoft Products

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Published: May 21, 2001

Exchange 2000 Server is a highly reliable and easy-to-manage environment for messaging and collaboration. Exchange 2000 Server, seamlessly integrated with the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, from small organizations to the largest distributed enterprise. Together with its client, Microsoft Outlook 2000, Exchange Server provides a highly reliable, scalable, and easy-to-manage infrastructure. The innovative new Microsoft Web Storage System combines the reliability and scalability of Exchange Server with the accessibility and openness of the Web, to provide a powerful knowledge repository as well as an environment for business applications. With Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Exchange Server provides a complete environment for data, audio, and video conferencing services, establishing a foundation for new avenues of collaboration.

The following table provides an overview of the key integration points between Exchange Server and other Microsoft products and technologies. You can also find out how Exchange Server 2003 works better together with other Microsoft products.


Key Areas of Integration

Windows 2000 Server

  • Create an enterprise directory with Active Directory directory services.

  • Replicate a hierarchy of directory objects between an Exchange Server 5.5 directory and Active Directory with Active Directory Connector (ADC).

  • Administrate with the single-seat management of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
    Increase reliability with two-way, active-active clustering.

  • Create and manage user groups and permissions once for all network messaging and collaboration with the full power of Windows 2000 security.

  • Send S/MIME encrypted and signed mail with industry-standard X.509 version 3 certificates issued by Microsoft Certificate Server.

  • Seamlessly integrate between Exchange Server–based data and the Windows file system.

Internet Information Services

  • Get high performance support for Internet standards, such as SMTP, POP, IMAP, HTTP, and NNTP standards.

  • Host your Web applications and application content from a single location in Exchange 2000 Server.

  • Increase the functionality and performance of Web-enabled applications that access data in Exchange Server. HTML renders and Active Server Pages (ASP) scripts execute directly in the core process of Exchange Server.

Office 2000

  • Send mail directly from any Microsoft Office application.

  • Save and read directly from Office applications to and from the Web Storage System.

  • Experience rich viewing and searching of information with user-defined and application-defined properties.

  • Get built-in indexing and search across a diverse set of information types, including Office documents.
    Build robust workflow services with the built-in workflow engine.

  • Build and deploy custom applications that link Exchange Server and Office with Office Developer Tools 2000.

  • Use the Exchange 2000 Server COM add-ins and the Outlook object model for mail and collaboration application features.

  • Use Microsoft Project Central to facilitate collaboration and communication of project information.


  • Exchange 2000 Server includes Outlook 2000, the messaging and collaboration client for e-mail, group scheduling, task and contact management, and application development tools for custom business applications.

  • Take advantage of Outlook 2000 to schedule real-time conferences and meetings.

  • Get a completely integrated development environment with Outlook forms-based applications.

Internet Explorer

Exchange 2000 Server uses your XML support in Internet Explorer 5 for powerful user interface features, using Outlook Web Access.


Use Microsoft FrontPage to build and maintain Web Storage System applications.


Use NetMeeting to participate in Exchange Server–based multipoint data, audio, and video conferences.

Office Live Communications Server 2005

Try the Microsoft real-time collaboration platform for instant messaging, presence awareness, audio/video collaboration and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scenarios.

Microsoft Windows Messenger 5.1

Use Windows Messenger 5.1, the client for Exchange 2000 Server Instant Messaging (IM) Services and for Live Communications Server.

SQL Server

With Microsoft SQL Server, get shared data access with the OLE database.

BackOffice Server

  • Microsoft BackOffice Server 2000 includes Windows 2000 Server and integrates the latest Microsoft server applications, including Exchange 2000 Server.

  • With BackOffice Server, you get more simplified and flexible deployment of Exchange 2000 Server.