Exchange Server 2003 Server

Introduction to Exchange Server 2003

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:

Exchange 2003 Migration

Exchange 2003 Configuration

Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery

Exchange 2003 Troubleshooting

Migration Strategy

ADC Agreements

ADMT Wizard

Benefits of Migrating

Clustering Exchange


Decommissioning Exch 5.5


Install – Checklists

Junk Mail Filters

Move Mailbox

Native v  Mixed Mode

Outlook 2003 – New Stuff

Public Folder Migration

Where is the M: \drive?

Tips for Migration

/3GB & USERVA = 3030

Badmail Folder

Custom Display Names

GAL – Global Address List

GAL – Custom Display

Global Settings Messages

Global Settings Internet

IIS v 6.0 and Exchange

Mailbox Limits

Mail Recipient Types

MX Records

Outlook 2003 – New Stuff

OWA (Web Access)

OMA (Mobile)

Recipient Policies

Recipient Update Service

Resource Monitoring

Query-based Distribution Groups

RPC over HTTP Proxy

Routing Groups

SMTP Routing

Security in Exchange 2003

Stores and Storage Groups

System Policies

Virtual Servers

User Property – 4 Exch Tabs

Tips for Configuring Exchange 2003

Deleted Item Recovery

Mailbox Recovery Center

Recovery Storage Group

Alternative Forest


Backup Planning

Backup Methods

Recovery Options

Restore Planning


Crash Cart

Circular Logging (Say No)


Disaster Horror Stories

Tips for Disaster Recovery

Eseutil Exchange 2007



ExBPA – Best Prac Analyze

Message Tracking Center

WinRoute Utility

Queue Troubleshooting

NDR – Latest 2007

NDR – Non-delivery reports

Exchange Logs

  SMTP Raw Commands

  SMTP Auth Login

  SMTP Logs

  Diagnostic Logs

  Event ID Descriptions


Performance Monitoring

  Memory Monitoring

  Disk Monitoring

  Processor Monitoring




SP1 for Exchange 2003

Rapid Reboot Script

Tips for Troubleshooting


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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

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There are also two bonus tools in the free download, and all 3 have been approved by Microsoft:

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