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Ex 2007 Server Management Tools on XP - sidType/domainSid The parameter is incorrect

gregrobson asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm attempting to install the Exchange Server 2007 tools on Windows XP - as I need the tools on a 32bit machine to import existing PST files. At the moment the installer is throwing an error stating that:

"The parameter is incorrect.
Parameter name: sidType/domainSid"

For your information...
I'm logged on to the PC as Administrator under the domain account
All the pre-requisites have been met according to the installer (or so I thought!).
I'm using the 32bit version of the installer.
The PC is running XP SP2 with all critcal updates posted since SP2's release.

I'm attaching the installer log to this post. Despite many web searches the only links have been about installing the tools on another server, not a local machine. This is my first "adventure" with Exchange and up until now the Internet and MS books have answered everything I managed to ask of them.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated, our charity cannot switch until I can import the existing mail!
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how many mailboxes do you have?


Less than 10 on Exchange at the moment. I wanted to be sure that everything worked before I started importing all the mail.

They are all functioning fine and Exchange is communicating with Active Directory regarding user changes without a problem.

I would say to import using outlook clients its much easier. especially if you only have 10 mailboxes


I will be adding another 80 or so once all my test accounts/groups etc are complete, the first few were just to allow me to proof certain permissions and relations between accounts in case I needed to make changes before adding people in.

Importing through Outlook is an alternative, should all else fail. However I would still like to be able to administer the system from my PC to save myself from connecting via Remote Desktop every few minutes.

Others seem to managed to make it work, could it be a permissions issue? Does the Administrator need to be any Exchange-related groups for this to work? Does the log offer any insight?
in a perfect world you would setup an exchange admin I.E. exchadmin.  user when you first install exchange.. You will definately need certain perms to complete this task ... Try making the admin an exch admin in the exchange manager and try again see if that helps.

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Solution found... after checking that every pre-requisite was met before installation - we installed Exchange 2007 RTM, not SP1.

Why the installer for the management tools didn't say "I'm SP1, I cannot managed RTM!" is beyond me. An upgrade later and all works, thank you for the help anyway!


Thank you for your help, even though the problem was unrelated to what I described!
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