unable to create receive connector in exchange 2007

Posted on 2012-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-09-22
We are unable to create a receive connected on our server. I believe this is the first time we have tried. When attempting to create the connector, we get the error:

"Active directory operation failed on <dc>. This error in not retriable. Additional information: The parameter is incorrect. Active directory response: Error in attribute conversion operation. The requested attribute dos not exist"

I found the microsoft article below. It says that SP3 on exchange can cause this and that the fix is to run a schemaprep. However, when I run " /prepareschema", it goes to "preparing exchange setup" and then says "Exchange Server setup encountered an error." I don't see any errors in the event log. This error isn't really giving me much to go on.

Here is the microsoft article I found:

We are running exchange 2007 on a windows 2008 server (non sbs)
Question by:StarfishTech
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    Assisted Solution

    This issue is caused by service pack 3 not extending the schema properly
    Download the service pack 3 again and install it and then extract it.
    After installing go to command prompt /PrepareSchema
    Now attempt to create your receive connector, and it will work fine.

    Author Comment

    OK, I downloaded and extracted SP3 on the server and ran setup. However, when i hit next on the server role selection, it says, "please select one or more server roles before continuing". All of the roles are already selected and greyed out except for Unified Messaging Server Role.
    LVL 63

    Assisted Solution

    by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
    You didn't follow the instructions.
    You need to run the command line, not the GUI setup.exe.


    Author Comment

    whose instructions tell me to run it from the command line? I don't see that anywhere.

    Author Comment

    The only place it tells me to run the is to extend the schema. It doesn't specify anything about installing SP3 via the command line.
    LVL 63

    Accepted Solution

    From the posting above:
    "After installing go to command prompt /PrepareSchema"

    That needs to be run from the SP3 media.
    SP3 is more than just the setup.exe gui installation, there are AD schema changes to be run as well. Re-running the prep commands can often resolve problems.


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