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hi i have a windows 2003 domain network with an exchange 2003 member server.

my host xp pc was also installed with office 2003 which i linked with my exchange server as normal and was able to prove 'send/receive' external emails. - job done

prior to send/recieving emails externally just as a test, originally the domain user account was already up and running on same pc, but i then installed clean exchange 2003 (member server), which also integrated the domain user account into exchange where i could access the user account properties and see extra exchange tabs and my 'rus' policy that i had already pre-configured.

since then my office 2003 stated that my 60 days had run out.

as i did no backup i was forced to complete a new xp install & clean office 2003 locally

joined pc to domain.
i then created a brand new gpo/redirection - profile and logged onto domain with user domain account successfully
i then double-clicked the office 2003 icon on desktop which registered ok and then i was prompted with 'ms office 2003 expired in 2009' and that i must register - when i am trying to evaluate!!!

this time after my backup that i created after my clean install, im now 'restoring the backup' and this time i am not going to register via the xp.

im going to logon as the administrator and try and register to exchange 2003 this way to see if i get my evaluation, if not im not sure why it has been working and now not.!!!!

q1.  does anyone know why ?

q2.  if i cannot get passed this evalaution expire issue could i use the default 'outlook express' that is by default installed with xp ?

q3.  if i cannot resolve (q1 or q2), could i install ms office 2010 to be used via exchange 2003, as all im doing is a test first of all as i have already confirmed i can send/receive email externally and inbound and wish to configure the normal day to day use of exchange then job done ?
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Microsoft offers evaluations of products that they want to sell. So the evaluation version that you have seems to have expired, mainly because they no longer sell it and probably anticipated that when they first produced the program - they tend to come out with a newer version every few years.

My suggestion for this kind of lab experiment, or production environment if you prefer, would be to get a TechNet subscription, where you will have access to licensed versions of all of that older software for a few hundred dollars a year and that way you will avoid this expiration entirely, and have lots more stuff to play with.

See http://technet.microsoft.com for details.
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yes i would do and thanks for advice but funds are not there yet!:(

could i use my 'ms outlook 2010' for the time being is this specifically for win 2008 ?
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Outlook 2010 will work with most older versions of Exchange just fine.
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ive got xp on my host pc and tried to install ms 2010 but it said my version was not the right one so i assumed it meant xp ?

ms 2010 will install on win 7 though!!
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You need to have SP3 installed on XP for it to allow Office 2010 to be installed. Here are the full specs:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/microsoft-office-2010-system-requirements-HA101810407.aspx

Here is some information on how to get SP3:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389

And here is a direct link to the download for SP3:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24

Good luck!
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hi im downloading and installing 'sp3' now and will see!!!  as long as i can send/receive email via my exchange 2003 server for the time being then this will serve my purpose!!
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It should be all you need, but I like to get all of my updates installed in most cases so you may want to run thru Windows updates a few cycles until you are caught up. There are some big security holes without them.
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Also Office 2010 has several updates and a service pack of its own.
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hi im currently installing 'sp3' onto my xp pc now!!

- then i was going to install 'ms 2010'
- then check for updates

..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
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That will work...good luck!
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hi ive installed successfully 'ms outlook 2010' and all appears ok but during following instructions to link my 'domain user' account to my local exchange 2003 server it keeps stating that no default-gateway is available, so i cannot continue ..!!!

just so you know:

- master dc/dns/dhcp server - static address
- exchange server 2003 - static address

isa2006 - firewall

isa2006/internal nic - static address & no default-gateway
isa2006/external nic - public address for internet

normally when using 'office 2003' this was not an issue and email sent/received externally worked fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!

qns1. (unusual)

as advised ive installed 'ms outlook 2010' and user domain account is logged onto the domain as usual, but while following manual instructions to link user domain account to the exchange 2003, it now states that there is no default-gateway so i cannot continue with configurations - why ?
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You may need to go into your network adapter properties and set up the default gateway, which is typically the IP address of your server or your router. Check another machine on your network to see...
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hi yes i realise this, so i have just added the 'router' in 'pre-defined options' which happens not to be a 'router' but the 'isa/internal nic' card address and this resolved the problem!!

q1. the last issue i appear to have is that im not sure what 'exe' file specifically i need to point the 'xp firewall/exceptions' tab to as 'ms outlook 2010' has stated i need to allow this port to 'open' - ?

it looks like ive found it as path located at:  :\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlooke.exe - tcp port 25

& because the email has ended up in the exchange 2003/queue then 'smtp connector'
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I think this is done as a port forwarding as opposed to a specific program in most cases, directly on the router / firewall device that faces the Internet. Internal firewall software such as Windows Firewall should automatically detect the software and allow it to run or at a minimum prompt you. But yes, that is the EXE file for Outlook.
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sound advice!!
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