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Hi All,

I am trying to setup RPC Over HTTP and cant get my head around it....

basically our setup is the following:

We have 2 servers which for easiness sake will give a key for:
(a) global catalog and active directory server (server 2003 not running exchange)
(b) exchange server (server 2003 running exchange)

so basically i need to turn this on but for the life of me i cant find the following:

how to enable it? in my exchange system manager i have the option for RPC-HTTP front end server greyed out... can a back end server do the trick? do i need to add anything to the loop?

which ports do i need to forward to the server from the firewall?

please help on this one would be most appreciated!

Cheers,

Arran
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by:redseatechnologies
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It can be confusing without a guide.

Follow this step by step and you will get through it; http://www.amset.info/exchange/rpc-http.asp

If you have any questions, fire away - the author of that guide is a resident here, and I am well versed in that guide also.

As far as ports, you only need 443 going to your exchange server (and of course, 25 for mail.)

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by:gaa18
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hi,

thanks for that im working through it now... very very useful!

however we dont use our domain as an external internet facing domian! so therefore what do i do here:

mail.external.com = External certificate/domain name
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You do have an external internet domain though, right?

that is what you should enter there.

This name should match the name of your SSL certificate - if you have no SSL certificate, buy yourself one for $20 from http://www.certificatesforexchange.com (assuming you have a .com domain) or http://www.rapidssl.com is you have a .com.au or .co.uk or whatever.

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by:gaa18
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we do have an external domain but we are using a pop[ connector, we dont have the MX record pointing to exchange there are reasons for this....

can i not use an IP address rather then the domain?
thanks for all your help so far!
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No, you must use a domain.  You do not need to have MX records pointing at the server, but you must have a host record pointing to it.

Off topic, but you really should be getting off the POP3 connector, which makes me think, are you using SBS?

If so, the wizard automatically sets this up for you, with instructions

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no we are using popcon on exchange enterprise.

so in effect what you are saying is to register a new domain name with SSL and then point the host records to the exchange server?

im discombobulated. im sorry for all the trouble with this but i cant get too clear on it, is there not another way? i mean we are not hosting any websites or anything here we just want 1 exchange account accessible over the internet (not OWA)

please helppppp im tearing whats left of my hair (im only 23) out!!!!!
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Why are you using POPCon?

Sorry for the delay in my response, it is 10:24pm on Friday here.

>>so in effect what you are saying is to register a new domain name with SSL and then point the host records to the exchange server?

No, I am saying that at least you have to create a new A record in your existing domain for either mail.yourdomain.com or whatever.yourdomain.com pointing at your servers real IP address.

>>im discombobulated. im sorry for all the trouble with this but i cant get too clear on it, is there not another way? i mean we are not hosting any websites or anything here we just want 1 exchange account accessible over the internet (not OWA)

Another way for what?  If you want to connect to your server, how do you expect to do that?  RPC/HTTP uses SSL, which MUST run over a domain name (not an IP).

Relax, this should not be so stressful.  We can get this sorted out, just hang in there.

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by:gaa18
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you are a legend! thanks for your support.

ill see what i can do will call the hosts (not easy considering the time delays we use pair!)

so what do i tell the host people?
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You want to tell them that you need an A record for mail.yourdomain.com pointing at your servers IP address.

That should be it.  Once that is done, you will need to reconfigure your router to allow TCP port 443 in to the server, then you need to get an SSL certificate.

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all done!

did the a record forwarding and then i put a self SSL on the server. worked a treat!

thanks for your help buddy
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Fantastic, glad you got it sorted.

Happy RPC/HTTP'ing (such a glamorous expression that)

:)
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