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Using ESM in Windows 7 Active Directory?

Minagera asked
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hello there,

I am working on the new Windows 7 Platform and would like to incorporate the the ESM, Exchange System Management, plug-in into the Windows 7 Active Directory Users and Computers?  I have tried to do the vista hack for this, however I couldn't get that to work.  Also I tried to install the Vista ESM and it says this isn't a copy of Windows Vista.

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No part of Exchange - any version - is currently supported with Windows 7. Therefore you are going to have to get off the bleeding edge and wait.



There is bound to be a way.

I tried running the Vista Hack, before the ESM for Vista was released, but I get a no go on that.

It is now stating it cannot load the exchange module.
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Why must there be a way?
Exchange 2003 is seven years old and was written for a version of Windows two versions back. In the same way that Exchange 2000 cannot be run on Windows 2003, and Exchange 2003 cannot be run on Windows 2008, I wouldn't expect Exchange 2003 to run on Windows 7. I don't really expect that to change when it is released either. Exchange 2010 will be close to release at that time as well.


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KoenSDM Mobile

i have to disagree... you can get it to work...
and here's the way to do it:

bluntTonyHead of ICT
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Hi, for future reference, like ghinstek has said, there is a way, although unsupported:

Download ESMVISTA.EXE : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3403d74e-8942-421b-8738-b3664559e46f&displaylang=en

Run the exe to extract the files.

Run the extracted msi quietly:

msiexec /i esmvista /q

Give it a little while to complete, open ADUC and you should have the four Exchange tabs for users now.

Like I said, though, it's unsupported.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mestha! Just kidding. But really, since when does the age of an application have any effect on how long businesses continue to use them, or negate the need for new operating systems to support them?  Thanks for the fix guys, works great.
KoenSDM Mobile

too bad the 'can't be done' answer gets the points...  :-(

Anything can be done with workarounds. Almost anything. In this case the workaround worked as expected. I really needed that. Thanks guys for not taking no for an answer.
This is an excellent workaround.  Thanks.

Does anyone know if this works on 64bit Windows 7?

I can get the manager to work on Win7 x64 but it wont give me the AD tabs for user account management.  Might as well just remote the server.  Microsoft really drops the ball on these things.
Have you tried running in quiet mode through command line?

That wouldnt work at all.  I had to use orca to remove the compatablity check. Like I said the server manager is installed and works but doesnt add the tabs for exchange for ADUC on Win7u x64 anyways.  
I know I won't get points for this as it was closed quite a long time ago, however in my hour of web searching to make this work in Windows 7 x64, I finally found a solution:

Install RSAT
Run "mmc.exe /32"
Add Active Directory Users and Computers to your MMC view
Save the "custom" MSC file

Now create a shortcut that starts MMC in 32 bit mode and point to the msc file like this:

mmc.exe /32 "MyCustomAD.msc"

I put that shortcut in my Administrative Tools so I could easily search for it from my start menu.

Hope this helps y'all out there!
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