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Posted on 2011-09-02
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Hello experts i have an exchange 2010 server. Everything was find on it until one day i decided to install the asp feature on it and it blew everything up (basically couldn't navigate to owa etc). Then i rebuilt the directories from Exchange 2010 console. This worked okay until all of a sudden EWS's and OWA's app pool in IIS started to crash. I tried many things (4 hrs) to resolve this with no success. Finally restored to reinstall the CAS role. So i removed the CAS role removed IIS and reinstalled. It seemed to rebuild everything and i don't notice that those app pools crash any more.

Now, i have a new problem. After the reinstall, the CAS role does NOT install the Powershell Virtual Directory.  I cannot open up the Exchange Console or the Shell as it states the error Kerberos authentication failed or winrm is not working. Connected to remote server failed. I have scoured the internet and have tried many things to resolve this including:

- Again removing and reinstalling iis and CAS role no success.
- Manually creating the Powershell application virtual directory in IIS with all settings specific to what should be in there no change.
- Uncheck SSL security no change
- I tried the new-powershelldirectory but cannot get this to work as i cannot connect to exchange with the shell because iis requires this (cmon microsoft really iis required to work on exchange just sounds scary to me).
- Running the winrm quickconfig but that did nothing
- Tried everything in this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028305, both native modules are in there

Outlook and OWA appear to work just fine. Only issues in outlook is when trying to open Out of office it comes up with an error cannot connect to server. I have heard this could be an auto discovery thing but of coarse if i can't get into console or shell i cannot try to fix.

Thanks for help.
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dod you check the DNS, run dcdiag on all DCs and fix any errors,
also verify the server is exchange servers group in your AD
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by:jeepr94
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Update:
-Dcdiag passed on two dc servers
- no noticeable dns issues all resolving with fully qualified name.
-mail server is in the exchange servers group
-I was able to get to run the new-powershelldirectory command. I found a way through powershell and doing add-pssnapin *exchange* I have rebuilt all virtual directories which has made no change. I know setitngs are correct
- Still getting the app pool crashes with OWA and EWS

At this point i am pretty sure this install is hosed. Whats best way i can reinstall this you guys think?

Thanks,

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by:jeepr94
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Also when app pool bombs and you try to get to OWA or EWS it will show http error 503 service unavailable. I can restart the app pool but only login once or twice before it bombs again.
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by:jeepr94
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I just restored the applicationHost file from a day i know server was working. I also restore the whole ClientAccess folder in program files from that same period with no luck. This has to be something with Windows i think just don't have a clue what.
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Got it! Compared to another test exchange server ihad. I had hit asp.net impersonate on the root of website. That is what started all of this.

Ugh. So FYI don't enable this on exchange box :) and then what i did to fix what that broke was to disable impersonation warnings or something. Anyway i have seen lots of articles on this stuff online hopefully this helps someone
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Got it! Compared to another test exchange server ihad. I had hit asp.net impersonate on the root of website. That is what started all of this.

Ugh. So FYI don't enable this on exchange box :) and then what i did to fix what that broke was to disable impersonation warnings or something. Anyway i have seen lots of articles on this stuff online hopefully this helps someone
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