Posts Tagged ‘Exchange’

ITT: Restoring Outlook Web Access (OWA) (Solved)

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

Ever had one of those days .. where you accidentily delete your Default Website in ISS, and all the exchange stuff along with it?  😀

Have no fear, MS KB is here!

a. Download and install the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools. To obtain the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

If you do not want to install all the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools, click the Custom installation option to install only Metabase Explorer 1.6.

b. Start IIS Manager.
c. Back up the metabase. To do this, right-click Default Web Site, click All Tasks, and then click Save Configuration to a File. Type a filename for the file and click OK.
d. Expand Default Web Site, and then delete the following virtual directories:

e. Start Metabase Explorer. To do this, click Start, point to All Programs, point to IIS Resources, point to Metabase Explorer, and then click Metabase Explorer.
f. Expand the LM key, right-click the DS2MB key, and then click Delete.
g. Close Metabase Explorer.
h. Restart the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service to re-create the virtual directories in IIS.

Note If the virtual directories are not re-created after 15 minutes, restart the server.

i. In IIS Manager, expand Default Web Site, right-click Exchweb, and then click Properties.
j. Click the Directory Security tab, and then click Edit under Authentication and access control.
k. Verify that only the Enable anonymous access check box is selected.
l. Right-click Default Web Site, and then click Stop.
m. Right-click Default Web Site, and then click Start.

Now that is a straight copy paste from the KB Article. However.. I immediately had to wonder how the System Attendant service knew what my default website is.. or was. How does IIS flag the ‘ default website’  ?

A rummage though the IIS metabase basicly shows that under the W3SVC node, the site with ID 1, is the Dafult Website. I made a new site, which got a unique identifier, and just renamed it to 1 in the metabase. 5 minutes later the System Attendent service had rebuild my Exchange virtual folders! Woohoo!


ITT: Hung on “applying computer settings” – Exchange System Attendant was the culprit (Solved, kinda)

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

Isn’t it wierd how, when you wanna get something done, you end up spending time fixing other problems that are stopping you from doing what you wanted to do originally. For some reason Group Policy was not being applied to my Laptop, causing all kinds of settings to fail.. eventlog told me: “windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy object”

Could not find the cause, so rebooted the Server.

Then the server wouln’t log in anymore.. it kept hanging on “applying computer settings”.
In fact, it was the exchange system attendant that couln’t start. The eventlog was filling with errors that it couln’t read its configuration data from the Active Directory.

Why this was,  was unclear.. but an MS KB article suggested it might be a problems with a disjointed DNS namespace on the DC.. this was indeed the case… and wierdly enough, might explain some other wierd stuff I have seen recently. Like.. the server name appearing in CAPS all of a sudden when I was browsing though some settings. I have no idea what caused this.

So now I am trying to fix that, while actually I was trying to get my laptop sorted… *sigh*

Update Jan 2005: I seem to have solved this one, but not sure how.. looks like I never updated this post. damn.

Death to PST files… KVS Enterprise Vault for Exchange

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

Someone just introduced me to a product called Enterprise Vault 5.0, by KVS (soon to be part of Veritas)

Enterprise Vault is a series of enterprise storage products, and may be the awnser to getting rid of user’s pst file hassels.

KVS virtualizes your exchange mailbox and sticks half of it in a database, rulesets allow mail to be automaticly transferred to this storage, transparant to the end user.

Some reviews:

(Its funny, 3 out of the 7 calls in my current queue are pst file related… support costs anyone?)