As you may know, Exchange 2007 is
now Microsoft's flagship mail server.
Most of the big changes in directory services came between Exchange 5.5 and Exchange
2000. Nevertheless, there are lots, and I emphasise lots, of neat improvements
in Exchange 2003 that were missing in Exchange 2000. For example, RPC over HTTP, ExDeploy, ExMerge and
Query Based Distribution Groups.
My goal for this section is to give you advice on how to: Configure, Migrate and Troubleshoot Exchange 2003. The first point to note is that it is better to install Exchange 2003
on Windows Server 2003 (rather than W2K).
This page represents my site map for Exchange 2003. I divided the Exchange 2003 topics into 4 sub-sections:
Here is a
free tool to monitor your Exchange Server. Download and
install the utility, then inspect your mail queues, monitor the Exchange
server's memory, confirm there is enough disk space and check the CPU
This is the real deal - there is no catch. SolarWinds provides this
fully-functioning freebie, as part of their commitment to supporting
the network management community.
Exchange 2003 is a 0.5 upgrade over Exchange 2000 (Exchange Version 6.0 --> version 6.5). My guess is that those who have not yet migrated from Exchange 5.5, will now go straight to Exchange
2003 (rather than Exchange 2000). If you already have Exchange 2000, then you need a really good reason to upgrade to 2003, for example, you are upgrading from Windows 2000 to Server 2003.
My mission, is two fold, getting you started with Exchange 2003 server and to supply you with tips. Here are are a selection of features new in Exchange 2003
Guy Recommends: SolarWinds' Free Bulk Mailbox Import Tool
Import users from a spreadsheet, complete with their mailbox. Just provide a list of the
users with the fields in the
top row, and save as .csv file. Then launch this FREE utility, match
your Exchange fields with AD's
attributes, click and import the users. Optionally, you can
provide the name of the OU where the new mailboxes will be born.
There are also two bonus tools in the free download, and all 3 have been approved by Microsoft:
Bulk-import new users and mailboxes into Active Directory.
Here is a
free tool to monitor your Exchange Server.
Download the utility, then inspect your mail queues, monitor Exchange server's
memory, confirm there is enough disk space and check the CPU utilization.