Transporter Suite issues while migrating from generic IMAP to Exchange 2007

Yesterday we encountered an issue during the last sync from an generic IMAP server to an Exchange Server 2007 SP3 server on Windows Server 2008 R2 (there were reasons not to migrate to Exchange 2010 that are beyond the scope of this post ). We used the Microsoft Transporter Suite. Although the initial big bulk sync was performed without a hitch, after the migration weekend some new mails still had to be synced from the IMAP server (this was not

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Setting the Postmaster address in Exchange

Somebody asked me today, whether it is a good idea to set the postmaster address in Exchange. Well, short answer: yes! It’s is even mandatory according to RFC 5321 section 4.5.1. For Exchange 2010 you will have to use the Set-TransportConfig cmdlet: Set-TransportConfig -ExternalPostmasterAddress <ExternalPostmasterSMTPAddress> For Exchange 2007 you will have to use the Set-TransportServer cmdlet for each Hub and Edge transport server: Set-TransportServer <TransportServerName> -ExternalPostmasterAddress <ExternalPostmasterSMTPAddress> For both Exchange 2007 and 2010, you will have to create a mailbox

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Can you easily restrict or accept messages to a Distribution Group?

Today’s question of the day is whether you can restrict users mailing to a specific Distribution Group in Exchange? Yes, you can. You can add users but also Distribution Groups to the list of who the Distribution List will accept messages from. The messages of members of the Distribution will then be accepted. A (mail enabled) Security Group is also possible and Query-based or Dynamic Distribution groups are also possible. Within the Exchange Console, go to the properties of the

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Mail enabled Public Folder Recipient not found

Edit 6th may 2010: Similar issue with same solution is confirmed and will be patched by Microsoft. See here. Recently I transitioned an Exchange 2003 Server to Exchange 2010. For the client redirection, I mostly wait two week before decommissioning the old Exchange server. Mailboxes, mail flow, remote access and the default Public Folder are all transitioned to the new server. So, in the event of a failure of the old server, the organization would not notice it. Eventually most

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Exchange 2007 will be supported on Windows 2008 R2!!!

Just read an update in which the Exchange Team announces support for Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2! I’m very very glad that they will make this possible. When it became clear that R2 would not support Exchange 2007 installations, I was very surprised and a bit disappointed. But I’m happy to see that Microsoft is willing to listen to customers. So, now let’s change those blogposts [:D]

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The Road to Exchange 2010: Active Directory and Exchange Part 3

In part 1 we’ve discussed the Exchange Mode, Domain Controllers and Schema Master compatibility. In part 2 we’ve discussed the Global Catalog and the Domain and Forest Functional level up to Windows 2008. So, that leaves us with Windows Server 2008 R2. During the time it took to write this series of blogs a lot more information was made available. Especially the Exchange Server Supportability Matrix was a huge help. Actually, the previous lack of such a page with all

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The Road to Exchange 2010: Active Directory and Exchange Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I discussed the requirements of Exchange Mode, Domain Controllers and the Schema Master in combination of various versions of Exchange. In this post I will discuss the placement of Global Catalogs (GC), the Domain Functional Level (DFL) and Forest Functional level (FFL) required. In part 3 I will discuss the compatibility of Exchange with Windows Server 2008 R2. Global Catalog The Global Catalog is a specialized option for any Domain Controller, it contains a

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The Road to Exchange 2010: Active Directory and Exchange Part 1

*** edit: updated 28/9/2009 with corrections of some errors/typo’s and added compatibility matrices In my post The Road to Exchange 2010: Migration paths I’ve discussed about the different possible migration transition paths to Exchange Server 2010. Primarily which Exchange version can be installed on which version of Windows Server and which co-existing Exchange versions are possible. In this post I will discuss the Active Directory (AD) requirements for previous versions and the upcoming version of Exchange Server. Since Exchange 2000

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Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 downloadable

As of now, Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 is downloadable. Direct link  Release notes can be downloaded here. Two main reasons for me to download and install it: Added Exchange Database backup capabilities with Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 Requirement for co-exsistence with Exchange Server 2010  So, now you can transition your Exchange 2007 environment to Exchange 2010 RC1 and later RTM! 

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Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 announced

Today the Exchange team blog announced Service Pack 2 for Exchange 2007. It will be available in 2009 Q3. One change I was longing for: Exchange Volume Snapshot Backup Functionality. For those who didn’t know, when installed on Windows 2008 you didn’t have a backup utility like NTbackup or an extension in Server Backup. Although I almost always prefer other solutions (DPM, SBE orso) but for simple environments, during transition setups and home testing facilities it was quite useful. Furthermore,

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