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I have a Windows 2008R2 domain (called GS) with several Windows 2008R2 virtual servers running various tasks. One of the servers is running Exchange 2010 (the server is named GS-Mail). I needed to import PST files from an old Exchange 2007 server on another domain and one of the recommendations I followed in order to import the pst files was to set up a second 2010 server without mounting the mailbox database. I created a test W2K2R2 virtual server (Called GS-Test) and installed 2010 on it and used it to import the PST files. I turned off the test server after I completed the pst import.

Everything was working fine. Users had their old mail. Mail was flowing in and out, etc. Well, I needed to set up OWA and I installed a 3rd party SSL certificate on the mail server. I restarted the mail server (GS-Mail) as part of this process and after the restart, when I launch Exchange Management Console, it is trying to connect to the GS-Test server that I had used to import the pst files rather than connecting to the Exchange Server that is running on the W2K8R2 server I am launching the EMC on (GS-Mail). I can't find a place to tell the EMC to connect to GS-Mail rather than GS-Test.

Does anyone know how to resolve this issue?

Thanks,

Dave
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IN the management console you should have the tree of :
Mcirosoft Exchange
     Microsoft Exchange On-Premises (servername)

Rigth click on the ON-Premesis bit and go to properties, here you can specify a server to connect to.


You should also turn back on the other server and do an uninstall of Exchange. Leaving an orphaned exchange server in the domain like that will always end up causing you a problem somewhere downt he track.
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by:dcadler
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When I right click on Microsoft Exchange On-Premisies and select properties, then select browse and select the GS-Mail server, it places the GS-Mail server in the text box but when I click Apply, it switches back to the GS-Test server.

Dave
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OK, I uninstalled Exchange 2010 from the GS-Test server. Now, when I try to launch the EXM or EXS, I get the following error:

The following error occurred when searching for on-premises Exchange Server: [gs-mail.gs.local] Conecting to remote server failed with the following error message: The WinRM client sent a request to an HTTP Server and got a response saying the requested HTTP URL was not available.This is usually returned by a HTTP server that does not support the WS-Management protocol. For more information, see the about_remote_troubleshooting help topic. It was running the command 'Discover-ExchangeServer -UseWIA $true -SuppressError $true'

My outlook clients can still send and receive email.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Dave
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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What do you mean by connecting the wrong server .... does it shows in the ServerSetting tab
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Set-ExchangeServer -Identity <ServerIdParameter> -StaticConfigDomainController <String> -StaticDomainControllers <MultiValuedProperty> -StaticExcludedDomainControllers <MultiValuedProperty> -StaticGlobalCatalogs <MultiValuedProperty>

Set-ExchangeServer
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123716.aspx
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by:dcadler
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Rancy,

Unfortunately, I can't run the Set-ExchangeServer command because I can't connect to the exchange server in the Exchange Management Shell. I get the error message I listed above your first post.

I think that the problem started when I tried to add the 3rd party certificate so that I can access OWA. WHen I added the 3rd party certificate, I did it through the Server Certificates section in IIS, not through the Add Exchange Certificate in EMC, which may be why the problem started happening. I am thinking that when I added the 3rd party certificate, I broke the link for the EMC and EMS to access the main server gs-mail.gs.local, but the EMC still launched because I had the gs-test.gs.local server still running. When I uninstalled the gs-test.gs.local server, then I couldn't launch EMC or EMS at all.

The error message I get states that "the requested HTTP URL was not available". This makes me think that Exchange does not see the 3rd party certificate or perhaps doesn't see any certificate and so it can't launch. I am just guessing here. Do any of you know how to reconnect Exchange to the certificate? Or something along those lines?

Thanks,

Dave
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OK, I discovered the problem.

When I was working through the 3rd party certificate issue, I had changed the bindings on the default Website from "All Unassigned" to the specific IP address of the server. Changing it back to "All Unassigned" resolved the issue and now I can launch EMC and EMS and connect to the gs.mail.gs.local server just fine.

I will give some points to Burns2007 since he suggested that I uninstall the gs-test Exchange server, which didn't really solve the problem but doing so is good practice as it turns out.

Dave
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by:kucelkj
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Okay...I had the same exact problem changing back to "All Unassigned" fixed my problem.  What was that all about?
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by:mburchart
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I am having the same problem. however changing the IIS back to all unassigned is not correcting the problem. I  have EX 2007 sp3 adn also EX 2010 Sp1.  if i open the EMC it doesnt show a server and i can try and add the FQDN of the site but fails out everytime.. it was working before and now it jsut stopped..

any thoughts.
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