Ok...i hope this isnt a very long post, but i need to give you guys as much detail as possible to try to get some help.
at my office, i had a server crash on me earlier this year, we will call that server A. Server A was my one and only exchange 2003 server, running MS server 2003, standard edition.
i had no choice but to quickly get a spare PC to server as a temporary server. we will call this server B. installed MS server 2003 standard edition then i installed exchange 2003 and configured it to send email. it was a very long process, since server A quit on me. This entire time i had a friend helping me.
we got server B up and running, added AD, etc...everything needed to get it online and ready for exchange, but not with encountering a few error with outlook since server A was not properly taken out of the environment. we had to mess around in ADSIEDIT, but eventually, we worked out the bugs. to sum it up...server B was the new exchagne server, all mailboxes were online and i was sending and receiving mail w/o any problems.
the only problem from that day was that we didnt uninstall server A from AD. so, to this day, server A is still in AD. everything was working, so i didnt want to take the chance to uninstall it from AD. i wanted to read up on how to properly remove it from AD, but since everything was running well, i didnt want to mess with anything.
this was in feb of 2009.
FFWD to today, i purchased a new server about a month ago. we will call this server C, which in the end should be my main exchange 2003 server. the one and only.
i started off by setting up my raid array on the server, then i installed windows 2003. i got all the updates, installed them, did the reboots, and then joined it to my domain. i then added the active directory role to the new server, server C, did the reboot, came back online and made sure i was all set for exchange.
i will try to explain each step i did and at the end i will list the end result.
first, i ran exmerge on serverB to get a copy of everyones PST file.
while that was going on, i installed exchange 2003 on server C and downloaded SP2 for exchange 2003.
after all that, i proceeded to go through the checklist in exchange 2003, which finally took me through the install of exchange 2003 on server C.
inside the exchange system manager, i made my new server the master server and i began to migrate the mailboxes from server B to server A. a few mailboxes failed, but i did those a second time and they succedded w/o any issues. i had to take care of the RUS update moving it from server B to server C and all that worked w/o any issues. also, i had to go to the offline address book and point that from server B to server C. i am sure there were a few other things i had to point over, but i cant remember them off the top of my head.
now, lets get to outlook 2003.
i configured outlook to use the server C settings and when i pressed check names it found everything just as it normally would.
i continue the wizard and i see my mail box folders, emails, contacts, and calendar start to populate in outlook 2003. so far so good. now, i try to send a test email, i send it, it goes through, i log into my gmail (test email) and i reply back to my work email...ok great, i did everything all OK!!!
now, this entire time, server B was still on and plugged into the network. i wanted to make sure the new server settings worked before i uninstalled/decommissioned server B.
i run back to the server room, unplug the cat5 cable from server B and go back to my office. i try to send a test email and the email went through, but i received this message.
"task microsoft exvhange server reported error 0x8004010F. the operation failed. An object could not be found"
we looked up this error in google and it always points us in the direction of the offline address book, but i am positive that the offline address book is pointing to server C and not server B. also, we rebuilt the address book and downloaded it on the client side in outlook 2003. i think it updates every 24 hours, but you can force a download from outlook 2003...assuming you rebuild it in the exchange system manager first.
so i go back to the server room, plug in the cat5 to server b, go back to my office and send a test email again. the email goes through, i send back my reply from gmail.....no error. ok, so it is still looking at/replying on server B for something.
my friend that was helping me tonight, which was with me when i had the server A go down earlier in the year, could not stay late, so we had to leave the setup as is...meaning, serverB needs to be online for serverC to successfully send/receive w/o any errors in outlook.
so my question is...how screwed am i?
email is working, but i dont want to have to rely on 2 servers for emails to go through.
thanks for any help and if anyone has any questions, please ask.