Exchange Special Mailboxes Part 3 – SMTP mailbox

This post is the third post in a series. Special thanks to Scott Landry for his additions to this post. You may also be interested in the earlier SystemMailbox and System Attendant mailbox posts.   SMTP (servername-{guid}) mailbox What is it and what is it used for?   SMTP (servername-{guid}) mailbox is used by the mail transport…


Exchange Special Mailboxes Part 2 – System Attendant mailbox

This post is a follow-on post to the SystemMailbox post from last week. Here I’m talking about System Attendant mailbox in Exchange 200x.   System Attendant mailbox What is it and what is it used for?   Each Exchange 200x server has one (and hopefully only one) System Attendant mailbox. If the server has a…


Exchange Special Mailboxes Part 1 – System Mailbox

Every now and then, people ask about one (or all) of the system-related mailboxes on Exchange 2003 servers. There are actually three in particular that people frequently notice and confuse: SystemMailbox{guid}, System Attendant Mailbox, and SMTP (servername-{guid}) Mailbox. There are a bunch of common questions, which I will try to address in the next few…


KB.841765 Ex55 Post-Sp4 hotfix re-released

The “Exchange 5.5 Post-SP4 Rollup” (KB.841765) containing the DS/IS Hotfix required for Exchange 2003 SP1 Site Consolidation work (see my earlier posting) has been updated as of December 16, 2004. If you’ve been looking for it, you can now download the updated version here.


Evan gets a mention in Redmond Mag

Wow, this is a pretty cool scenario. I’m sitting on a plane, diligently reading my December 2004 Redmond Magazine. I flip the page and there’s an article on Exchange 2003 consolidation. Here’s where it gets good… Reading through the article by Bill Boswell, I think to myself – “wow, this sure sounds a lot like the…


Frequently asked questions about my name

Hi, my name is Evan Dodds. People seem to have an inordinate amount of difficulty with my name so I have put together this helpful primer. It seems kind of silly to me. It’s only 9 letters long. Total. Let’s break it down: Evan. That’s E (eee) V (vee)  A (eh?)  N (enn). It’s pronounced…


MSDTC and Exchange clusters

Over the years, the best practice recommendations on where to place the MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) resource in Exchange cluster has bounced between two differing views. One camp thought it was unadvisable to place this resource in the cluster group occupied by the quorum resource, while others noted that Exchange doesn’t really use DTC…


Cross-AG moves and ADC version upgrades

If you’ve tried to do Exchange 2003 SP1 cross-AG mixed-mode moves, you’ve (hopefully!) realized that you need to meet a bunch of prereqs before you can proceed. The Site Consolidation Overview KB (KB.843104) lists these various prereqs, but here is the short version again for reference: Upgrade all ADCs to Exchange 2003 SP1 (earlier blog…


Hooray for Eastern Standard Time!

Well, I’m back from vacation and thanks to this morning’s time change (at least in the US), very glad to be back into Eastern Standard Time! Warning: Timezone misunderstandings are a huge pet peeve of mine. Ask my friends. 🙂  This is the easy part of the year — the half of the year where no matter…


Error 8004100e from Internet Mail Wizard

I have replied to this question a few times on the newsgroups previously, but I never did go ahead and post it on the blog. Here’s the scenario:Attempt to run through Internet Mail Wizard (IMW) in Exchange 2003 ESM. Click “Next” to proceed beyond Server Selection screen of wizard leads to error: An Error occurred during a…