Exmerge Exchange 2003

Hello,

I am attempting to run Exmerge on some Exchange 2003 accounts and am getting this error:

Error 8007201a opening an LDAP connection.  ('LDAP://servername/rootDSE')  (CADRoutines::GetNamingContextData)

Seems to be a permissions or naming format error?  Can someone please help?

Thanks,
Mike
cheesebugahAsked:
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datadrewCommented:
Permissions error.. You need to give the exmerge user full access to everything.

Good way to tell if you have exmerge permissions correct, open owa as a different user:
https://mail.domain.com/exchange/usera
Then enter the creds for the exmerge user when you log in.

How to setup an Exmerge user:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/292509

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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
I was just troubleshooting this a bit and checked the permissions in the Exchange Systems Administrator program for the root.  I see the group I am a member of in there already under delegation, but when I proceeded I am told that this group cannot be granted the permissions being applied?
datadrewCommented:
Yes, you will have to change the ownership.  There should be a security option in there to allow it. Conceptually the same as change ownership on a folder.  You want to post a screenshot of where you are in the process?
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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
This is not making any sense to me?  I am told that exmerge has been run using this group numerous times without any difficulty?  What could be different now?  I don't see any option to take ownership in the Exchange Systems Administrator program for the root.
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
The only place I see to take ownership would be on the actual administrative groups.
datadrewCommented:
Are you able to access other mailboxes from the exmerge user?
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Not sure how to test that?
datadrewCommented:
In this scenario:
Exmerge user: mailmerge
Exchange SErver: mail01
User acct that is failing exmerge: usera
internal domain: local.lan
Open IE, go to: https://mail01.local.lan/exchange/usera
When you are prompted for credentials:
Username: local\mailmerge
Pass: mailmerge password

See if you can get into his account.  If you get permission denied, then you have a permissions error, and that is easily fixed.  If this account was added after the original exmerge group/user was created, the permissions may not have been applied to them.
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
I think I got it.  I was using my account, which is in the correct group, but it just wasn't working.  I am using the specific account setup for exmerge and it seems to be working.  Do we have a ballpark timeframe for completion on a 500 meg mail file?  Something I see that is a bit concerning in the "Process Status" window is the "Copying from Server Mailbox to Personal Folders" text next to Performing Step.  Would this be normal?  It's been running for almost 10 minutes now.
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Hey, what do you know, it completed successfully!  Thank you datadrew.
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Once again, thank you for your help.
datadrewCommented:
That's about normal.  Just remember when doing this, exmerge won't go over 2GB.  If it does, it will fail.  If you have mailboxes bigger than 2GB, you'll need to break them down by date (yes, I know.. it sucks).  There is no real way to figure out how big the date ranges are..  I've had to export 30GB mailboxes before, and I've had up to 50 PST files.  Absolute nightmare.

Good luck with your endeavor!
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I saw that.  How do you break them up?
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Ah, click on Options I presume.
datadrewCommented:
During the setup for the user, there is a tab (I haven't used exmerge in about 2 years so forgive me) that I think says Folders... In there you can export by date range.  Take copious notes so you can import them into your new system.
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Do you know if the 2GB threshold has gone away in newer versions of Exchange or not?
datadrewCommented:
That's a 2003 limitation.  There are other export rules in later versions of exchange, but I haven't worried about them.  Due to the limitations of moving off the 2003 platform, this is the only instance I worry about it.  Going from 2007-->2010-->2013-->2016 can be done from your phone while on spring break.  Going from 2003-->2010, 2013, 2016 is a huge PITA.  Later versions, you just move the mailboxes.  With good planning, it is one of the easiest things to do.
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