Cannot open your default e-mail folders. Microsoft Exchange is not available.
Posted on 2014-04-30
Before I pull my hair out, let’s see what the experts can help with.
I am a complete Exchange newbie. Previously worked with SBS where everything was easy and straight forward. The Company has now, rightly so, decided to upgrade MS Server 2012 with Exchange 2013, some VMs clusters and all things new to me.
I have built a test server to learn the new environment before the new equipment arrives and I have to install and implement it.
I have installed Server 2012 evaluation version with AD, DNS, DHCP and added 1 user other than the Administrator.
I have then installed Exchange server 2013 and setup – send connector, accepted domains, default address policy.
The created user is able to access mail via OWA and send emails to outside recipients and to the administrator but when I generate an account in Outlook I get the following error:
“Cannot open your default e-mail folders. Microsoft Exchange is not available. Ether there are network problems or the exchange Computer is down for maintenance”
I have spent countless hours trying different solutions found on the net, each time restoring the server from backup when the solution has not worked. Now I am asking for your assistance.
We have a lot of public holidays in South Africa at the moment so it might take me a few days to test and get back to you guys on success.