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:
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 utilization.
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
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.
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