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Problems creating a mailbox in SBS2003 from an XP pc with Admin tools

Hi,

 recieve the following error when I try to create a mail box from a xp pc (The pc is in the domain/logged in as administrator, using the Admin tool kit for SBS2003)

ERROR SAYS:
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted facility win32 ID no. c007054b Microsoft Active Directory - Exchange Extension.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
What do you mean that you are trying to create a mailbox?  

What for?  Because all user accounts/mailboxes on an SBS should be created using the Server Management Console on the SBS itself.  

Jeff
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Exchange_SolutionCommented:
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Stacy SpearCommented:
I'm betting that this XP box has Outlook on it, and Outlook and Exchange tools are interferring with each other.
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Stacy SpearCommented:
Oh, a work around that may work is to put the Outlook version of Mapi32 with the Outlook executable, and do the same for Exchange.
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snsvAuthor Commented:
Hi TechSoEasy
I have installed the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack For XP & also the Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821920


Hi Exchange_Solution,
The Description is different to the one you provided, error ID is the same.
See: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810812

snsv
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
"I have installed the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack For XP & also the Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools"

Fine, but that's still not how it's done in a Small Business Server environment.  Those tools are fine to use that way in an enterprise environment when you don't have everything on the same box.  I'd strongly suggest that you don't use them, and instead use RDP to log into the server's desktop to use the SBS Server Management Console.  

I actually can't see why using the MMC's on a workstation would seem easier than that anyhow.

Jeff
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
FYI, there is a diffence between "You can administer Exchange 2003 computers from a Windows XP Professional-based computer by using Exchange 2003 Setup to install only Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools." and "setting up mailboxes" in my opinion.  

Even though that KB article says it works on SBS doesn't mean it's the best method to use.

Jeff
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snsvAuthor Commented:
Hi TechSoEasy,

Thanks for your help & prompt reply.

Your proberaly right in what you say re: "You can administer Exchange 2003 computers from a Windows XP Professional-based computer by using Exchange 2003 Setup to install only Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools." and "setting up mailboxes"

But the article quoted (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821920) covers both cases.
As the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (connects to Active Dir)
And the Exchange System Management Tools (connects to exchange)



RDP is easier & quicker as a solution, but it is not an option for me in this situation.

I need the tools provided to work from the XP pc.


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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
"But the article quoted (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821920) covers both cases."

No, you're missing the point... you shouldn't set up users in Active Directory directly... you should use the SBS's Add-User wizard which is found in the SBS Server Management Console > Users snap-in.  

FYI:  The Add User wizard is the second most complex wizard on SBS 2003, the first being the Internet
Connection Wizard.

Add User Wizard provides the following:

          ==> Creates user account. Allow multiple users to be created.
          ==> Enables Exchange e-mail services for the user.
                  Exchange mailboxes are created if e-mail alias is specified.
          ==> Sends an introductory e-mail to the user.
                  The e-mail content is located in   %sbsprogramdir%\Administration\samplemail.htm.
          ==> Assigns the user to Exchange distribution lists.
          ==> Grants access to network resources such as shared folders, printers, and fax printers.
          ==> Grants permissions to SharePoint.
          ==> Grants the user VPN/Dial-in access or not via group membership.
          ==> Gives the user remote administration privileges or not via group membership.
          ==> Deploys software to user computers (launches the Setup Computer wizard).
          ==> Assigns user(s) a logon script \\servername\NETLOGON\SBS_LOGON_SCRIPT.bat.
                  If a logon script already exists for the user, a pointer to the SBS logon script is appended
                  to the existing logon script. Logon script entry: \\servername\Clients\Setup\Applnch.exe /s servername

Keeping things configured according to SBS's design is what ensures that your SBS will perform as expected (or better than expected) and will remain secure.  I'd hightly suggest that you review the SBS overview for IT Pros:  http://sbsurl.com/itpro

Jeff
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