Setting up IM through Exchange 2003

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Does someone know how to set up Instant Messaging through Exchange 2003, so its only for internal users. Currently I am getting the error message on Windows Messenger "Signing in to Microsoft exchange instant messaging failed because of a problem connecting to the service".
Might be something I need to do on the server.

Question by:tollair
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    Hi tollair
    An Excellent resource:
    Thanks hope that helped
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    The site says :
    "Note: IM is not supported on Exchange Server 2003. You will need to uninstall it from your server if you ever decide to upgrade."

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    The IM features were removed from Exchange 2003 as noted by amanzoor, but if you are willing to spend the money, you should be able to get that feature back by investing in the Live Communication Server.

    Also, most people don't know that you can use an IM e-mail address that isn't, you just need it to be a Passport ( and register).  I recommend to my clients just to setup a passport and use the web based IM.  It works fine for multiple users sharing a connection and allows communication with customers/vendors as well.
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    My dear tollair,

    Exchange 2003 does not contains IM feature if your need to do that you should install Live Communication Server and also download latest windows messanger from microsoft.

    In it you need to enable the service for required users.

    SIP, .net are the ways to connect to local and MSN for communication.

    hope it will helps you.


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