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Global Catalog Requirement - 29.Mar.2010 1:18:09 AM   
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I have seen conflicting information about the requirement for the GC. On the TechNet site it says that the GC can be Windows Server 2003 SP1. However the Exchange Deployment Assistant website says that the GC must be Windows Server 2003 SP2. Which is correct?
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RE: Global Catalog Requirement - 29.Mar.2010 4:31:50 PM   
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Hi,

Can you confirm it is only the case when selecting the upgrade from Exchange 2003/2007 ?

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RE: Global Catalog Requirement - 29.Mar.2010 4:43:07 PM   
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Good point. Here's what I get:

-Upgrade from Exchange 2003 says GC must be at least Server 2003 SP2.
-Upgrade from Exchange 2007 says GC must be at least Server 2003 SP2.
-Upgrade from Exchange 2003 & 2007 says GC must be at least Server 2003 SP2.
-New installation of Exchange 2010 saysGC must be at least Server 2003 SP1.

They all say the GC must be SP2 except on a new 2010 installation. Does anyone get something different?

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RE: Global Catalog Requirement - 29.Mar.2010 5:30:19 PM   
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What's weird is when I run the Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer Tool it does not bark at the fact that my Server 2003 GC is SP1.

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RE: Global Catalog Requirement - 30.Mar.2010 6:50:09 AM   
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I always understood that SP1 was the minimum requirement, probably hard-blocked by the setup program. I think that SP1 is out of support now, isn't it? In which case, some of the tools could have been updated to reflect this. I suspect this is a case of not everything being updated across the board.

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RE: Global Catalog Requirement - 12.Apr.2010 12:34:47 PM   
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@neilho - By this do you mean that SP1 would still be OK?

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