The aquisitions' inherited exchange server was at the old company on a network 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 and was named & functioning as their Exchange server.
AD Server AD.123.asi
Exchange Server EX.123.asi
I believed I'd NOT have to access the information store ever again so I re-purposed the server & turned it into a file server by moving it to a workgroup & then naming/joining it a different domain.
So with that I took the exchange server off the 0.0 network & put it onto the 10.0 network = 192.168.10.0/255.255.255.0 & renamed it as with a different name
AD Server AD.abc.asi
File Server FS.abc.asi
I've kept the old AD server online for other reasons but I do have the original AD server up & running unchanged.
So to access the old exchange data, I've changed the IP back to the 0.0 network, renamed it back to its original name (exchange.123.asi) & rejoined it back into the original network.
My firewall allows these networks to access each other so i can remote desktop into both domain's AD & Exchange servers - but there are 2 sperate domains... so with that, the subject server is back to its original domain configuration.
For the services permissions, in SERVICES: I've got the Information Store Services "Log On" set to use the local machine adminiatrator account (NOT the domain admin).
I'm stuck at a Services error: Could not start the MS Exchange Info Store service on Local computer. Error 1053: The service did not respond in a timely fashion.
And of course nothing in the Exchange System Manager works becuase the service isn't running.
Before I start changing users & permssions any further, i'm seeking so help...
Any suggestions? question or comments? help? please!... ? :)