Preparing a Windows Active Directory Environment

Several preparations should be undertaken before installing a Windows Server 2003 enterprise certification authority (CA) in a Windows 2000 Active Directory environment. These preparations include:

■ Determining whether Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 is deployed in the Windows 2000 forest. Exchange Server 2003 defines three non-RFC-compliant attributes for the inetOrgPerson object: houseIdentifier, Secretary, and labeledURI. To prevent mangling, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) display names of these attributes must be modified before Windows Server 2003 schema modifications are performed. Mangling—the modification of a display names from the correct name to a name with an autogenerated prefix and suffix—occurs when an existing attribute and a new attribute are configured with the same LDAP display name.

■ Ensuring that all domain controllers are running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later. Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 is the minimum required version when applying the Windows Server 2003 schema.

■ Ensuring that the schema naming context is replicated to all domain controllers in the forest. The schema must replicate successfully to allow Windows Server 2003 schema updates.

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