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  • Blog Post: Considering updating your Domain functional level from Windows 2003? Read this!

    Now that Windows Server 2003 end of life (July 14 th , 2015) is on the horizon, many customers are updating their Active Directory (AD) Domain Controllers (DC) from 2003. The first item to consider is which Windows Server Operating System (OS) you will be moving to for your DC’s. There are several options...
  • Blog Post: Check out the Hosted Exchange 2003 TechNet Support WebCast

    As Chris mentioned in his blog - there will be a WebCast on Hosted Exchange 2003. Seeing that in Support Services we hear many questions about Hosted Exchange, here is a great chance for you to hear more about it in the WebCast format! TechNet Support WebCast: Welcome to Hosted Exchange 2003 - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: How does move mailbox really work?

    Move mailbox is the best, supported way to move mailbox data between Exchange servers and update the directory object. It’s been around for ages and has been improved with each version. In Exchange 2003, for instance, the mailbox moves can now be scheduled and are multi-threaded to dramatically improve...
  • Blog Post: Recipient Policies and pure Exchange 2000/2003 sites

    Once a site has no Exchange 5.5 servers in it, that old "Highest Priority" policy based on legacyExchangeDN isn't needed anymore. As people decommission their 5.5 servers and move to pure Exchange 2000 and 2003 sites, the question on how to get rid of the old site recipient policies often arises. This...
  • Blog Post: Maximum number of members in a Distribution Group, and other interesting facts

    We frequently get this question in many newsgroups and forums - what's the maximum number of members you can add to a Distribution group? The member attribute of groups - both Distribution and Security groups, is a multi-valued attribute . So the answer is more about how many values can a multi-valued...
  • Blog Post: XDR-Fixup (Exchange domain rename fixup) and Static DNS Names

    The XDR-Fixup tool runs in two modes. The default mode is a mainline rename of Exchange attributes in the Active Directory (AD), and the verification mode checks that all changes made were appropriate. You might be wondering what this verification step is for. Well, it is necessary because of servers...
  • Blog Post: Deployment changes in Exchange 2003 SP1

    Exchange 2003 SP1 brings us a lot of new features that customers have been requesting, as well as product fixes since Exchange 2003 was released. Here is a list of major features that SP1 is bringing with some descriptions. Please do ask questions on this as we can discuss this in more detail too :)...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2000 and 2003 SRS: Multiple instances of SRS in the same site?

    Site Replication Service is always a confusing topic for some in both E2K and E2K3. Sometimes our customers see some Exchange 200x have SRS turned on in one mixed site by setup, while other Exchange 200x servers in the same site does not have SRS, therefore they want to get clear in what situation the...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Exchange 2010 RPC Client Access service

    In Exchange 2007, we introduced five server roles that performed distinct functions within the Exchange organization. One role in particular - the Client Access server role - introduced a variety of new Web services, including the Availability service, the Autodiscover service and Calendar Concierge...
  • Blog Post: OAB PDN changes and existing site consolidations

    With Exchange 5.5 coming to the end of its support life cycle, lots of companies have been migrating quickly from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003. One major component that is affected by mixed mode site migrations/consolidation is the OAB. So with that being said Dave Goldman took a few...
  • Blog Post: What is the msExchPreviousAccountSid?

    The msExchPreviousAccountSid is used to identify when there was a problem with connection agreements being rolled out before the 5.5 directory is properly prepared. It is the SID the ADC wanted to use as the msExchMasterAccountSid but couldn't because that SID was assigned to another mailbox. Clear as...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server and Windows Server 2008

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2008 The release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2007 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2008. However, Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 will be supported for installation on Windows Server 2008. While you cannot install Exchange 2007 RTM on...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I modify the objects on my ADC Tools created Recipient CA?

    If you create a Recipient Connection Agreement (RCA) with the ADC tools wizard and then go in to view the settings of that RCA, you may notice that the “Select the objects that you want to replicate” options on the From Windows tab are grayed out and you cannot make changes… Example...
  • Blog Post: ADModify.NET is here!

    A quick intro to ADModify: ADModify is a tool that was (and is still) developed and maintaned out of our Support Services (aka PSS) team, and was created to make it easier to modify / import / export objects in Active Directory in bulk. The tool has been available on the FTP site for download for...
  • Blog Post: Good bye RUS

    In this post I'll talk a bit about the legacy Recipient Update Service (RUS) and explain the changes made to it for Exchange Server 2007. Recipient Update Service The Recipient Update Service was introduced in Exchange 2000 to discover and provision recipient objects. Recipients created through...
  • Blog Post: Overview of the OAB generation process

    Dave Goldman posted a very cool write-up on the OAB generation process on his blog . He broke it down into the following sections: - Offline Address List Generation Overview - Active Directory Issues and the OAB Generation process - Exchange Component Overview - The OAB Generation Process - Mandatory...
  • Blog Post: Assigning "Send As" Permissions to a user

    It was brought to my attention that following the steps listed in KB327000 ( http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=327000 ), which applies to Exchange 2000 and 2003, to assign a user "Send As" permission as another user did not appear to work. I too tried to follow the steps and found that they did not...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting the Recipient Update Service (RUS) using Event Logs - Part 4 (last part)

    (This is a part 4 of the series. Please go here for part 1 , here for part 2 and here for part 3 .) Proxy generation On Exchange 2003, with proxy generation logging turned up you will see an event 3006: Event Type: Information Event Source: MSExchangeSA Event Category: Proxy Generation...
  • Blog Post: The Recipient Update Service and Linked Value Replication

    Lately I've seen a lot of questions regarding the use of homeMDB in policy filters. I want to use this post to explain the reason that ExBPA warns about this, and hopefully clear up the confusion about how to address this. Linked Value Replication is a feature that was added to Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: How does Exchange 2003 Migration Wizard MATCH with Target Accounts?

    The Migration Wizard matches target NT accounts based on matching the SID of the source mailbox with the SID History (e.g. account migrated with ADMT), SID (e.g. accounts domain was upgraded) or msExchMasterAccountSID (e.g. resource forest scenario) on a target NT account. In addition an additional search...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server and Windows Server 2008, Part II

    EDIT: This post was updated on 4/29/2008 to add more detail about the Exchange-aware backup on next version of SBS . In a previous blog post , we wrote about the various versions of Exchange Server and their support for Windows Server 2008. Now that Windows Server 2008 has released to manufacturing ...
  • Blog Post: Pure Exchange 2000 Admin Groups and Group Membership

    I just worked on one of these again today, so time to post about this issue. If you create pure Exchange 2000 or 2003 Administrative Groups, you’ll want to read on to find out how these appear in 5.5 and about an interesting issue if you don’t have your ADC connection agreements set up just...
  • Blog Post: How does OABGen know what domain controller to connect to?

    In this article I will explain how the OAB Generation process discovers the domain controller that it will use for rebuilding an Offline Address List. Understanding this process can help you in troubleshooting. As I have mentioned in other blog posts of mine , the System Attendant (MAD.exe) is...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting the Recipient Update Service (RUS) using Event Logs - Part 3

    (Please go here for Part 1 of this series and here for Part 2 ) Question 4 when troubleshooting the RUS - Which policies match the user? If you got this far, then you know that the RUS queried for the changes, and the query returned the expected result. The next question is what happened when the...
  • Blog Post: More information on the setup prerequisite change in Exchange Server 2007 SP1

    A while ago we told you about the setup prerequisite change in Exchange 2007 SP1 that allows setup to ignore unreachable domains and domains that do not have any domain controllers running a minimum of Windows 2003 SP1. That post is here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/07/30/446579.aspx In this...