adding an Exchange Server 2003sp2 to an existing Exchange 2003 environment need to configure rpc over http

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have currently bought a new server which we loaded exchange 2003 sp2 enterprise. There already is an Exchange 2003 sp2  enterprise server in our environment. We have no front end servers in our environment. The orginal exchange server has rpc over http working. I also want to do the same for the new exchange server. Both servers are set up as backend exchange servers. Is it possible to get RPC over Http to work on to backend servers without a front end server? Eventually the original exchange server that is working will have all of the users moved off and be decomissioned.
Question by:mdbalatzis
    LVL 65

    Accepted Solution

    You will need to configure RPC over HTTPS manually in the same way that the original server was configured. However it will need its own external IP address and SSL certificate.

    Another option would be to standup a temporary Exchange 2003 standard machine as a frontend server and have all external traffic go to that. Then it doesn't matter which server the mailbox is on.


    Author Comment

    Thanks. So I will not be able to use the same SSL cert from the old exchange server.

    Author Comment

    Then I am wondering if I should just move all of the users from the old exchange server to the new one. And then configure HTTP over Rpc on the new server.  There are about 200 mailboxes, 120 gb store.
    LVL 65

    Assisted Solution

    You can use the same certificate, but you will only be able to have the users pointing at one or the other of the servers. Users who have a mailbox on the other server will be unable to use RPC over HTTPS.

    If you have a 120gb store I would suggest splitting it up. The MS guidelines is to try and keep stores at around 50gb each.

    With a swing you don't move the mailboxes until everything else has been moved, so if you can shift the mailboxes in one move then that may be the best option. The Move Mailbox wizard makes this very easy, you can select them all and leave it to get on with it - four at a time will be moved, and it automatically moves on to the next one. Errors are logged.


    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you very much for your assistance. I Created multiple storage groups with multiple stores on the new exch server. So I will move the mailboxes in groups. Also management said it is ok if they do not have access via owa or rpc over http for a couple of days. So when I have most users moved over to the new server I will copy the ssl certificate to the new server. Thank you again for assitance

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Do email signature updates give you a headache?

    Constantly trying to correctly format email signatures? Spending all of your time at every user’s desk to make updates? Want high-quality HTML signatures on all devices, including on mobiles and Macs? Then, let Exclaimer solve all your email signature problems today!

    Email signatures have numerous marketing benefits. Here are 8 top reasons to turn your email signature into a marketing channel.
    Use email signature images to promote corporate certifications and industry awards.
    In this video we show how to create an email address policy in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow…
    To show how to generate a certificate request in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Servers >> Certificates…

    759 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now