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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: New RPC/HTTP(S) Managed topology in Exchange 2003 SP1

    In Exchange 2003 SP1 there's a new, and arguably better way to configure RPC/HTTPS (lots of folks call it RPC/HTTP or RPC-over-HTTP, but let's be honest... it's actually over HTTPS, right?). Back in Exchange 2003 RTM, there was no easy way to configure RPC/HTTPS. There's a whitepaper and at least...
  • 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: Updated IMF filter released today!

    Hot off the presses, there’s a filter update for the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter that released today. You can download this updated filter at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c1ea8cf1-48c9-4e43-a4eb-82d9a83fd4a7&displaylang=en . See the Readme for more info...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 SP1 Releases!

    This morning I see that the bits for Exchange 2003 SP1 have hit the web (download here ). This is excellent news, as SP1 has lots of great new features you want (this list taken from the announcement page, linked above): Enhanced security Updated deployment tools to make Exchange Server 5.5...
  • Blog Post: I installed the roll-up, why does it still say I'm running SP3?!

    Ok, so that title sort of says it all. You’ll find that installing a roll-up hotfix onto an Exchange 2000 or 2003 server may not update the display in the Exchange System Manager to reflect the new version. So what’s really going on? For example, an Exchange 2000 SP3 server is going to display...
  • Blog Post: Badmail changes in Exchange 2003 SP1

    Prior to Exchange 2003 SP1, if your SMTP protocol virtual server didn't have anywhere to go with a timed-out email, it would drop it in the BadMail directory on your server. This directory could potentially grow and grow without bounds until it filled up the disk, etc. There are two big changes to Badmail...
  • Blog Post: Evan gets a mention in Redmond Mag

    Wow, this is a pretty cool scenario. I'm sitting on a plane, diligently reading my December 2004 Redmond Magazine . I flip the page and there's an article on Exchange 2003 consolidation. Here's where it gets good... Reading through the article by Bill Boswell, I think to myself - " wow, this sure sounds...
  • 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: Problems registering E2kdsn.dll during upgrade to Exchange 2003 SP1

    I've replied to this question a handful of times in the newsgroups, so perhaps there's a need to post the solution here as well. This is evidently happening to a number of people out there. When you upgrade your Exchange 2003 server to Exchange 2003 SP1, lots of the Exchange binaries get upgraded...
  • Blog Post: Configure IMF gateway settings per server?

    Someone sent me email the other day asking about the global configuration of the Intelligent Message Filter (IMF). " Is there anyway to configure the IMF settings at the Admin Group level or something less than global ," they asked. Well, it turns out there is a way to configure the IMF (or at least...
  • 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: 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: How to find out which users have the Junk E-mail rule enabled

    I received an email the other day from someone who had read my “ IMF and the Junk E-Mail folder in Outlook ” posting. This person was wondering: “How can I tell who does and doesn’t have this per-mailbox setting enabled?” and I replied that there’s no built-in way...
  • 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: Updated "Exchange 2003: Management Pack Configuration Utility" released

    A new version of the configuration utility is now posted on the web http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21E5A788-5993-40A9-BD35-B14D414E3E16&displaylang=en IMPORTANT : Before installing the new version of the configuration utility (configapp.msi) the user MUST remove the previous...
  • 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: More Exchange 2003 SP1 Cluster Upgrade solutions

    In addition to the “Trouble upgrading your cluster to Exchange 2003 SP1?” steps posted to the blog a few weeks ago, here's another error I've seen posted on the newsgroups recently and a few common solutions: The network path was not found. Facility: Win32 ID no : c0070035 Microsoft Exchange...