IMFv1 getting in the way of your SP2 upgrade?

I’ve seen a couple of questions about this since SP2 released, so I’ll give a shot at it. If you try to upgrade to E2k3 Sp2 on a server that has Intelligent Message Filter (IMF) version 1 installed, you’ll get this error message: “Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 includes an updated version of…


Upgrading to E2k3 SP2 cluster

There are a couple of important things I wanted to point out about the upgrade to E2k3 Sp2 on a cluster: Same process as the upgrade to E2k3 Sp1 Fixes broken virtual directories and other upgrade snafus IMF still not supported for use on cluster Ok, more detail on these three, as I’m sure the…


Updated Support Policy for E2k3 on hardware virtualization software

Changes to the support policy for Virtual Server: Please read the article for specific details (and there are some specific details!), but the short version is there are now some scenarios where this is a supported configuration.


Exchange Insider articles starting to trickle out

There are a number of the “Exchange Insider” articles starting to trickle out onto the TechCenter site at: In case you’re not familiar with these articles, they come from a weekly “tech bulletin” started a few years ago by one of the tech support leads in the Texas site. Over the years these weekly…


Best Practices for VSS w/ Exchange 2003 wp

Best Practices for Using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) with Exchange Server 2003 white paper is out:


Running a bit behind…

Running a bit behind here on my blog postings, but (especially now that SP2 has released), I’m going to try to blast out a couple of posts that are sitting in my “to be posted” queue this morning.


"Access Denied" creating an Exchange 2003 System Attendant resource

KB.906906 talks about another problem you may run into while creating a system attendant resource for Exchange 2003 cluster, relating to Remote Registry access/permissions. This is really just pulling out the “Symptom #4” part of KB.329229 as its own KB article, but it’s still worth pointing out in case you run into it!


Exploit for MSDTC bug in MS05-051

Techweb reports that there’s an exploit out for the MSDTC security fix in MS05–051. So, if you’re running an Exchange cluster on Windows 2000 server, you’ll want to get this patch applied ASAP!  See the security bulletin for more details, and for info on the status of other Windows versions.


Exchange Standby Clusters are now supported

Great news! The long-awaited ability to use “standby” Exchange clusters is finally completed testing and documentation with its addition to the Disaster Recovery Operations Guide: This is one of those topics that has come up again and again over the years, and there was never any good (supported) solution for it. Well, over the past…