New Exchange Goes Hand-in-Hand With Active Directory

Microsoft Corp.’s update to the Exchange e-mail server extends the product to match the new demands for infrastructure. In addition to supporting Windows 2000 specific features, such as Active Directory, Exchange 2000 is positioned as a business collaboration back end, far from a simple mail server.

Some analysts believe that Exchange 2000 will be Active Directory’s “killer app” – because it will be the first widely deployed enterprise application that relies on Active Directory. The application could be the catalyst moving enterprises to Windows 2000 and forcing full scale implementations of Active Directory.

On the other hand, Exchange 2000 adoption will undoubtedly be slowed by Microsoft’s decision to build it on top of the Active Directory. Until corporations undergo the substantial planning and implementation required for the Windows 2000 Active Directory, they can’t move to Exchange 2000.

Directory services and messaging software would seem to make good partners. By its nature, an e-mail server needs some central record of users and accounts, and the integration with Active Directory is intuitive, linking user accounts with e-mail accounts, creating a comprehensive database of users.

In addition to standard e-mail, Exchange 2000 boasts enhanced collaboration features. Users can expect expanded scheduling, document sharing, and messaging from the product.

Business tends to be collaborative endeavors and Microsoft has begun labeling e-mail a “mission-critical application.” Although only ISPs may see e-mail at the core of their revenue stream, many businesses come to a grinding halt when e-mail goes down. Microsoft says that they have enhanced the stability of Exchange 2000, to reflect the new business environment.

Fat bandwidth has also change the business environment, and Exchange 2000 has adapted, adding support for bandwidth-intensive features such as Voice over IP, Video Conferencing, and other multimedia collaboration environments.

Exchange 2000 was officially announced October 1999, at the Exchange Conference in Atlanta. It was previously code-named “Platinum.” – Christopher McConnell

For Microsoft’s overview of Exchange 2000, see

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.


  • Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1909

    Microsoft on Tuesday announced the release of Windows 10 version 1909, a new operating system product that's also known as the "Windows 10 November 2019 Update."

  • November Microsoft Security Bundle Addresses 75 Vulnerabilities

    Of that number, 13 vulnerabilities are rated "Critical" to patch, while 62 vulnerabilities are deemed "Important."

  • The Future of Office 365 Pricing

    With a raft of new Office 365 features in the pipeline, Microsoft also seems ready to change the way it bills its subscribers. Will it replicate Azure's pay-per-use model, or will it look like something else entirely?

  • Microsoft Offers 1 Year of Free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to E5 Licensees

    Microsoft is offering one year of free support under its Extended Security Updates program to Windows 7 users if their organizations have E5 licensing.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.