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I have a user on a domain on site that is using a Windows Server 2000 domain controller.  I have an Exchange 2007 server on another domain with a Windows Server 2003 domain controller.  I want to set up a linked mailbox for that user on the Exchange server, but when I try to do this I'm given an error that says it's not compatible with a Server 2000 domain controller.  We already have several users with linked mailboxes on that domain as is, so clearly it can and has been done.  What am I missing here?
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by:kavlins
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Whats the exact error you getting ?
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When I go to browse for a linked domain controller I get this:

No suitable domain conroller was found in the domain '*my domain*'.  Errors:
The domain controller '*domain controller*' is running operating system version 5.0 (2195) Service Pack 4.  The minimum version required is 5.2 (3790) Service Pack 1.


I also forgot to mention what is probably a vital bit of information.  The users who are currently set up with linked mailboxes were transferred over from the old Exchange 2000 server.  The setup then was simialr, where the users were on one domain, and the Exchagne 2000 server was on another.  I suppose it would be possible to create a linked mailbox on that old server (it's still running), then transfer it over, but I'm not sure how to do that.
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Is it this you are looking for?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123524(EXCHG.80).aspx

Or do you mean the routing group connector which gonna connect your new mail server and your old server so that you can transfer that mailbox over.  If so, please check the link below:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997292(EXCHG.80).aspx

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Or the link below show you how to move mailbox from one organisation or domain to another in exchange 2007.
http://blogs.msdn.com/anthonw/archive/2007/07/05/moving-mailboxes-cross-organizations-in-exchange-2007.aspx
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Use the new-mailbox cmdlet with the -LinkedDomainController switch and specify a Windows 2003 GC in the forest

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997663(EXCHG.80).aspx
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I know how to create a linked mailbox, but I just don't seem to be able to create one when the linked domain controller is a Windows Server 2000 machine.  That's where the problem comes up.
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I figured out the solution.

I found that I first had to enable View>Advanced Features in Active Directory, then I could get to the Exchange Advanced tab which has the Mailbox Rights button.  Here I would be able to add a user from the other domain to have full rights to this mailbox.  However, I ran into trouble connecting to the other domain to add the user.

Instead, I created the user on our old Exchange 2000 mailserver (which is still up and running), and was able to add full access there for the user on the other domain.  I could then move the user to the new mailserver through Exchange Management Console.  *Then* it would come over as a linked mailbox.

Perhaps the irony here is that Exchange is perfectly capable of having linked mailboxes to a domain with a Win Server 2000 domain controller, it just chooses not to allow it.  Thanks for that, Microsoft.
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