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  • Blog Post: Can't run Exdeploy after installing W2k3 SP1?

    Here’s an interesting problem: After you apply Windows 2003 SP1, the new security settings prevent running HTA files from a network share. So this means if you download the Exdeploy pack and dump it into a network share, it won’t work properly on a W2k3 SP1 server. The workaround, of course, is to...
  • Blog Post: Should I use the SP1 cross-site moves?

    First, my apologies to the folks I'd planned to grab lunch with while I've been out in Redmond these past few weeks. The project I'm working on has been keeping me much busier than I had expected. Maybe next time! Onward -- Someone commented a few weeks ago on an earlier post: a question about site consolidation...
  • Blog Post: PFMigrate doesn't display anything!

    I've had a few people hit me up about why PFMigrate doesn't give any visible feedback to the administrator when it's run through the Exchange Deployment Tools interface. In fact, you don't get any feedback at all (even when it finishes) unless it hits a problem or prompts for input! You can go into the...
  • Blog Post: Permissions required for mailbox moves

    Ross just posted a detailed view of the permissions required to do both cross-site and intra-site mailbox moves over at the EHLO blog: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/08/29/428781.aspx . Great post if you’re looking for more info on what permissions your admin account will require to...
  • Blog Post: Cross site moves in Exchange Native Mode

    Since I’ve posted a bunch of information on cross-site moves in mixed mode (using the Exchange 2003 SP1 feature), I’ve also had a number of folks ping me with questions about cross-site moves in Exchange native mode. There are a couple of points about these sorts of moves that are useful to understand...
  • Blog Post: Good reference material for Exchange 2003 SP1 Cross-site Moves/Site Consolidation

    Exchange 2003 SP1 introduces the ability to move public folders, mailboxes, distribution lists, and contacts across site boundaries -- even while still in mixed mode. This is a huge change in behaviour, and prior to undertaking these sort of moves, it's imperative that folks understand a bit about how...
  • Blog Post: Funky mail routing after cross-site mailbox moves

    When you move mailboxes across mixed-mode site boundaries with the Exchange 2003 SP1 feature, there is a period of time where mail will have trouble routing properly to these moved mailboxes. There are a couple of ways you may see this presented, as I’ll discuss in this post. The most common case is...
  • Blog Post: Do my cross-site mailbox moves have to be from a 5.5 server?

    Common question I’ve been getting lately is “does the source of a cross-site move with the Exchange 2003 SP1 functionality have to be a 5.5 server?”. The answer is no . You can move mailboxes cross-site if the mailbox is currently on 5.5, 2000, or 2003 servers… the biggest...
  • Blog Post: Looking for the hotfix KB.836489 for Exchange 2003 SP1 Site Consolidation?

    If you're reading this, chances are you're contemplating Exchange 2003 SP1 mixed-mode Site Consolidation. One of the prereqs for moving public folders, mailboxes, distribution lists, or contacts cross-site with this new functionality is that you have installed a DS/IS hotfix on all of your 5.5 public...
  • Blog Post: Couple of Interesting KBs

    Here are a couple of interesting KBs that have come out or been updated recently: KB.884863 ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884863 ) – “Update to Exchange 2000 Server adds application event logging for deletion of public folders” An additional feature that is related to public...
  • Blog Post: So what if the "stub" objects never go away?

    A while back, I wrote a blog post about verifying that you are ready to remove the source site after undergoing the process of SP1 mixed-mode site consolidation. See here for that intro. Since that post, I've run into a few questions about what to do if these validations never pass. Suppose you keep...
  • Blog Post: Hotfix for scripted cross-site mixed-mode moves!

    Thanks to Dave Howe for pointing out this newly released hotfix. With the release of KB.883652 , it’s now possible to script cross-site mixed-mode moves based on the Exchange 2003 SP1 feature. Before applying this hotfix, if you are doing scripted moves with the MoveMailbox method of the IMailboxStore...
  • Blog Post: More DS/IS prerequisite validation info for cross-site, Exchange mixed mode mailbox moves

    Back in July of last year, I posted about how the DS/IS hotfix prereq check works and why you need to apply it. Since that time, I’ve run into one other item I wanted to talk about in the process that I didn’t provide enough detail on in the original post. Here’s a recap of the “check for the DS/IS hotfix...
  • Blog Post: Moving public folder hierarchy for site consolidation

    At some point after you've moved all the public folders, mailboxes, distribution lists, and custom recipients from your source site to the target site, you'll be ready to do the validation to ensure you're ready to remove the servers and site. When you've confirmed that all your data and directory objects...
  • Blog Post: Cross-AG moves and ADC version upgrades

    If you've tried to do Exchange 2003 SP1 cross-AG mixed-mode moves, you've (hopefully!) realized that you need to meet a bunch of prereqs before you can proceed. The Site Consolidation Overview KB ( KB.843104 ) lists these various prereqs, but here is the short version again for reference: Upgrade all...
  • Blog Post: KB.841765 Ex55 Post-Sp4 hotfix re-released

    The "Exchange 5.5 Post-SP4 Rollup" ( KB.841765 ) containing the DS/IS Hotfix required for Exchange 2003 SP1 Site Consolidation work (see my earlier posting ) has been updated as of December 16, 2004. If you've been looking for it, you can now download the updated version here .
  • Blog Post: How can I upgrade the ADC to SP1?

    In order to to Exchange 2003 SP1 Site Consolidation (ie - cross-site/cross-administrative group moves), we require that the Active Directory Connector (ADC) be upgraded to Exchange 2003 SP1 level. In the webcast I did on Tuesday , I talked a bit about why we have this requirement, but the short version...
  • Blog Post: E2k3 SP1 Site Consolidation: So you think you're ready to remove your 5.5 Site...

    So you've done Exchange 2003 SP1 “Site Consolidation” and you think you're ready to remove your Exchange 5.5 site. All the Public Folders, Mailboxes, DLs, and Custom Recipients have been moved to the central site. All the foreign connectors are relocated. You've gone through the Deployment tools and...
  • Blog Post: Cross-site moves: The importance of proper ADC Connection Agreements

    It’s now been about a year since Exchange 2003 SP1 released, and cross-site, mixed-mode mailbox moves were introduced. In that time, I think folks have really started to get the hang of how it works and what needs to be in place to ensure successful moves. That said, there’s one topic that I’ve seen...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Support WebCast: Mixed-mode site consolidation in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1

    Just a reminder that I'll be doing an “Exchange 2003 SP1 Site Consolidation“ webcast tomorrow: Tuesday, July 20, 2004: 10:00 AM Pacific time (Greenwich mean time - 7 hours) This Support WebCast session introduces the new mixed-mode cross-site move mailbox functionality that is introduced in Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: But I swear I installed the DS/IS hotfix!?

    Before the E2k3 SP1 GUI lets you move mailboxes cross-site and the Object Rehome tool lets you move DLs and Custom Recipients cross-site, they both check to see if the “DS/IS Hotfix” is installed. This hotfix is the KB.836489 hotfix, and is also included in the (readily downloadable) KB.841765 5.5 Post...
  • Blog Post: Do I really need to run the Exchange/Outlook Profile Redirector (ExProfRe)?

    Recent newsgroup posting caught my eye: I've done cross sites moves today from 5.5 servers to 2003SP1 servers. The documentation says I need the exprofre.exe tool to update the Outlook profiles. But I don't need it, the profile connect automatically to the new server in the other administrative group...