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Created: 25 Jun 2012 • Updated: 02 Jul 2012 | 3 comments
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Hello all,
We have Exchange 2010 SP2 UR2 (one CAS and one mailbox server)

We are looking at implementing Enterprise Vault 10.0.1 (in test first and then in prod).

In test environment, we are planning to install EV and SQL on one server (since it is test).

My first question:
Does the machine that will have Enterprise Vault installed need to be a domain member (join AD domain)? This will be a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.

Looked at guides few times, but not finding anything concrete on this.

Can some one please guide this newbie?

Thank you!

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AndrewB's picture

Yes you need to join the EV server to your domain. However, you don't need enterprise. Save a bunch of money on the license and use standard.

Andy Becker | Authorized Symantec Consultant | Trace3 | Symantec National Partner |

um.daksh's picture

Thanks AndrewB for your reply,

In Production environment, we are planning on setting up EV on one machine and SQL server on different machine. In this case does SQL server need to join domain also? Sorry, we are big solaris shop and typically we do not have machines join domain unless it is required.

Thanks for the tip about standard vs enterprise license.

Thanks again,

AndrewB's picture

this is from the installing_and_configuring.pdf guide. basically, it means the sql server needs to be added to the domain so you can grant the vault service account (which is a windows account) the correct permissions.

SQL server software
Enterprise Vault 10.0 supports the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server:
■ SQL Server 2005 x86 and x64 editions (Enterprise and Standard): SP2 and SP3
■ SQL Server 2008 x64 edition only (Enterprise and Standard): SP1, SP2, and R2
Both Windows Authentication mode and with Mixed Mode Authentication are
The SQL installation must be case-insensitive, as case-sensitive SQL installations
are not supported.
The Deployment Scanner performs checks to confirm that SQL Server meets all
the requirements for Enterprise Vault.

To create a SQL login account in SQL 2008
1 Start SQL Server Management Studio.
2 In the tree, select Security>Logins.
3 Right-click Logins, and select New Login.
4 Either type in the Vault Service account as domain\username or click Search
and search for the account. In the search dialog box, ensure that the correct
domain is entered in the Locations box.
5 Select Windows authentication.
6 In the tree, click Server roles.
7 Select the check box beside dbcreator.
8 Click OK.

Andy Becker | Authorized Symantec Consultant | Trace3 | Symantec National Partner |