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Hi all,

   I've got an existing Exchange 5.5 site, several Exchange 2003 servers have been successfully installed into the Existing Exchange 5.5 site.  I have the ADC running on the first Exchange 2003 server I installed.  I've installed several since then and now have 4 running.  I just went to install the 5th Exchange 2003 server and noticed that once setup was complete and Exchange was running on the new box, I could not see the new server in the Exchange 5.5 Admin.  I can see it in the Exchange 2003 admin no problem.  I suspect the problem is with the ADC or SRS.  I've restarted the SRS service and its still not working.  So I'm leaning towards a replication problem from AD to Exchange 5.5.  I have tried forcing replication on my existing connection agreements but still no success.  I am going to reboot the Exchange 2003 server running the ADC in hopes it will correct the issue, but was wondering if anyone else had seen this before?  I verified network connectivity to and from all Exchange servers and thats all fine.  The Exchange 2003 install went fine with no errors.  If the reboot doesn't work, I'm going to try re-creating my connection agreements in the ADC.  If that doesn't work I'm going to try uninstalling Exchange 2003 from the new box and re-installing.  

Has anyone else seen this before and if so what did you do to resolve it?  Any tips or advice?  

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P.S. I'm not seeing any errors in the event logs on any of the servers, existing or new.  The major problem is that Exchange 5.5 is our main incoming SMTP gateway, so if Exchange 5.5 can't see the new Exchange 2003 box, with mailboxes on it, then those mailboxes can't get external SMTP mail.  Plus users on Exchange 5.5 can't email users on the new box.  
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Are you able to see this new server when you are connected to the SRS server?

To connect to the SRS server you need to connect to it via the Exchange 5.5 Administrator program or via LDP on port 379.

To find out the SRS server you can check the Exchange System Manager. over there on the bottom left you would see SRS and then the server name.
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Yes I can see the server from any other Exchange 2003 server, including the server running SRS and ADC.  

I know how to connect to SRS, thats not the problem.  

I already know which server is running SRS.  I think the problem is that the ADC is not replicating AD info to Exchange 5.5 anymore.  I am going to try a reboot, and if unsuccessful, I'm going to re-create the connection agreements in ADC.  If that doesn't work, I'm going to uninstall Exchange 2003 from the new box that doesn't show in Exchange 5.5 and then re-install.  Hopefully one of those will fix the issue.  I was just hoping I could find someone else who had experienced the same problem and had some tips on dealing with it.

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ANSWERED MYSELF:

Turned out that a reboot of the first Exchange 2003 server running the ADC was all that was needed.  I guess the ADC quit working and rebooting the machine fixed it and allowed it to replicate the information on the new Exchange 2003 server to Exchange 5.5.  Everything is working now.

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