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I have a client with a Microsoft Exchange 2003 server which has crashed and is in the process of getting the data recovered from the drive.  Unfortunately, this means their mail system is completely down.  The organization has a second Exchange 2003 instance on the domain but it does not house any active mailboxes.  All the data was migrated to the server that failed.  

They have requested to see if it would be possible to have all inbound email forwarded to a single email address so someone can check for important messages.  I have tried to setup journaling but unfortunately, you can enable it on a server storage group if the server is offline.  Anyone know if I can accomplish what they are asking for?  Basically, all inbound email forwarded to a singloe new mailbox on the working server or to an external address.
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by:oleggold
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on dns server clear cache, add in etc/hosts new server instead of old
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by:oleggold
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oh,sorry,first restore backup from old server to new ,at least have some boxes created
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The hosts files trick does let me view properties but I get all sorts of errors accessing the tabs. And the journaling option shows an error of "The RPC server is unavailable..."

And the issue with the link is that users can't connect to their Exchange box making it impossible to setup a rule for forwarding.  Besides, I don't want to enable forwarding manually on 150 email addresses.  I would like to just direct all email to a single email or mailbox whether it be internal or external.
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by:R. Andrew Koffron
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if it was me, I'd probably just get a cheapo hosting account, point the MX record to it and setup a catch-all, if you want all mail to go to a single mail box, pretty easy, relatively inexpensive and doesn't make you do back flips to keep 2 disjoined exchange servers straight, merging them back to the primary is also going to be a pain.  way easier to just setup pop accounts for a short while and after the servers back just import the psts back into primary accounts.
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Know of any good service provider for this?  I need it quick and fast (preferably something that could be setup tonight).  I found one in the UK call at theemaillaundry.com but they are probably asleep right now.
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by:R. Andrew Koffron
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I'm not sure we're supposed to recomend outside hosts, but I've found godaddy, reasonable priced and good support. not always the fastest but for mail I'd think it'd be just fine.
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by:K2NS
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I called them and they said they don't have that kind of service.
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by:skullnobrains
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i do ot understand why you can't create a server rule on the secondary exchange in order to implement a catchall, but if you feel like using a non exchange solution

this is how you would do it in hmailserver (free and for windows)
http://www.hmailserver.com/documentation/v4.4/?page=feature_catchall

if you feel like installing a postfix, sendmail, meta1, ... or whatever other server, tell us which so we can provide similar information. most of these can be bundled in comprehensive packages or used with external packages that provide a gui. without the gui, it is usually not more complicated than dropping a line in a config file (luser_relay=catchall@mydomain.com would do it in postfix's main.cf)
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I believe Exchange can do a catch all for unresolved recipients but I have not found anyone setting it up in a manner so that all incoming mail goes to the catch all account.
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by:skullnobrains
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use a server-side rule

apply-to : all incoming traffic
action : redirect to catchall

if redirect is not available on 2003, you should be able to combine "send a copy" and "drop"

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange/aa142571%28v=exchg.65%29.aspx

then obviously any simple task is bound to be complicated as hell in exchange...

this guide with screenshot details the process for catchall addresses creation i exchange 2013. looks like it uses rules in a similar way but i did not read through the whole thing http://www.techieshelp.com/create-a-catch-all-mailbox-in-exchange-2013/

... and this is the microsoft way for 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324021
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I found a solution by using XWall spam filtering software.  It has the ability to forward all inbound messages to a single email address.
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Problem resolved.
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