How to setup a mailbox in Exchange 2007 from Windows Server 2003

Hello,

I'm setting up a Windows Server 2003 with Exchange 2007. Unfortunately unlike SBS 2003, when I create a user account in AD, it does not have the check box to automatically create an Exchange mailbox for the user.
Am i right in saying that a mailbox has to be created explicitly in Exchange 2007?

Many Thanks

markbenhamAsked:
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Mark DamenERP System ManagerCommented:
Nope, you should be able to do it from AD Users and Computers.  I think this is happening because you do not have the Exchange 2007 tools installed on the pc your are doing it from perhaps?

If you dont, run the Exchange 2007 setup but choose to only install the tools?

Mark
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fbcbloodcenterCommented:
markus is incorrect. Exchange 2007 RTM eliminated the ADUC piece for creating mailbox when you create account. You must use the Exchange 2007 console (or shell) to create mailboxes. However, you CAN use the Exchange console to create the AD account and the mailbox at same time.
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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Hi fbcbloodcenter,

I thought as much, in essence reverse the setup process when creating a user account with a mailbox.

Many Thanks

 
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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

Creating accounts in Exchange seems fine but they don't percolate into AD accounts even if you
check the appropriate options. In addition, I noticed that there does seem to be a way in Exchange
to 'link' to an existing AD account and merely add Exchange functionality (part of the wizard). Problem
is the same though, all boxes go through fine and then no change. Its as if the two systems are just
independant.

Any further ideas?

Thanks and take care

Mark
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fbcbloodcenterCommented:
How long are you giving it? Might take a couple minutes to show up, or there is something wrong with your installation.
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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Hi,

Its really weird and not a matter of waiting. It seems as though there is no link between Exchange 2007 and AD. You can make Exchange accounts fine, you can browse to make these from AD users as you'd expect but then the link doesn't seem to happen.

Effectively you have lost the abilty to manage a user from a single point (whether AD or Exchange).

Its a brand new install starting with W2003 server (fully patched) followed by Exchange 2007 Standard and patches. All the user accounts were created in AD prior to installing Exchange though - new accounts made since are no better.

No error messages, wizards do what they should, accounts don't relate!

Help!!
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markbenhamAuthor Commented:
Good help and I think we were being a bit slow! More detail would have been even better!!
Thanks and take care

Mark
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