We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

VPN Set Up Stops My Exchange Server

ISRAdmin asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am trying to set up a VPN and everytime i get through the intial set up of routing and remote access my Exchange Server stops functioning. I am totally confused. I am setting up the VPN on the Secondary DC so why would it affect my Exchange Server. I end up having to restart System Attendant and the Information Store or sometimes rebooting all the way. I'm also confused about the 2 NICs for VPNs. I have no idea if i am doing it right because i have never even got through setting it up all the way. If you have any detailed instructions or websites please let me know.
Watch Question

are you setting up vpn on a microsoft vpn server?


Yes, all servers are Microsoft 2003.
what portion of your exchange server stops functioning? Give me more details


Well, everyone says that their outlook stops working. So i check the server and when i open up the mailbox store in Exchange System Manager i can't see any mailboxes. So the first thing i do is restart services ( System Attendant and Information Store). Both times that i have had problems have been when i finished the Routing and Remote Access Portion of VPN setup on my DC. It also seems i have to disbale the second NIC on the DC before the services will restart. I think i am doing something wrong there but i am very unfamiliar with VPNs.
no clue..i'm sorry


thanks anyway
any errors logged in event viewer on either the exchange or DC ?


Yea, a bunch. On the DC there are 2 months worth of "windows can not query the list for group policy objects".

On the Exchange server the strangest one i can see says "All Global Catalog Servers in use are not responding: DC.mydomain.loc"
That one occurs right when i am setting up the interfaces and RRAS for the VPN on the DC. Weird...
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.