Microsoft Exchange 2007- Error There is a Problem with the Proxy Servers Security Certificate. Outlook Client Can Not Connect to an Exchange 2007 Server

Remember this?

Interesting how HP has hidden this .. I like the final words .. “The real fix is to make sure the network card supports the new featured offered in SP1 and SP2 of Windows Server 2003. Consult the manufacture of the network card for updated drivers. ” BUT THAT IS YOU HP!


Exchange 2007 Standard. No service pack. Window 2003 Standard SP1

Outlook 2007
Windows XP

Customer had a single user that can not connect to the Exchange 2007 server using Outlook. He could use OWA and connect successfully. He tried using OL 2003 and 2007 with the same error. When trying to use auto discovery after he is prompted for credentials he would get error:

There is a problem with the proxy server’s security certificate. The name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the target site Outlook is unable to connect to the proxy server (Error code:0)

When he manually configures Outlook and gave credentials he would get error: Cannot open your default email folders. You must connect to Microsoft exchange with the current profile before you can synchronize your folders with you offline folder file.

Customer moved the mailbox to another server. This broke OWA. We then removed the exchange attributes of the mailbox by doing a remove in Exchange 2007 console. After reconnecting the mailbox OWA worked again but we still had the same problem as before. We also notice this error in the event log:
Event Type: Error   
Event Source: MSExchangeIS   
Event Category: General   
Event ID: 9646   
Description:   Closing Mapi session “/o=Organization/ou=Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=Recipient” because it exceeded the maximum of 32 objects of type “session”. 

This would suggest a third party program making too many connections but this was not the case. The problem was with the network card and is described in this article although the errors we got were not documented.

With the release of the Scalable Networking Pack that is included with Windows 2003 SP2, we in Exchange support have been seeing some connectivity issues once the new networking features are enabled. These new features are enabled by default and are only used if your network card driver supports them. Some of the new architectural additions that were introduced with the Scalable Networking Pack are TCP Chimney Offload, Receive-side Scaling

To Disable TCP Chimney, Navigate to the following registry key and set the value to 0. Note: You have to reboot the server after this registry change.


The real fix is to make sure the network card supports the new featured offered in SP1 and SP2 of Windows Server 2003. Consult the manufacture of the network card for updated drivers.

Handbags at dawn … Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement

this really does make me smile, why doesn’t Yahoo just roll over accept the take over! .. must admit the handbag fight is quite amusing 

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 11, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft’s previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!:

It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.

We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.

Just Announced! BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 Service Pack 5

This just arrived in my inbox … no mention of support for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1!

Packed with new features to simplify administration and increase productivity! Includes BlackBerry® Monitoring Service for high availability through enhanced monitoring, alert, troubleshooting and reporting capabilities. Enhanced security features include encrypted attachment viewing and increased control over GPS and Bluetooth®. Plus, BlackBerry® Web Desktop Manager simplifies upgrades by letting users install and manage software using browser-enabled computers.

BlackBerry® Enterprise Server v4.1 Service Pack 5 will be available soon. More details will be published in next month’s issue of BlackBerry Connection.

Register now for these webcasts:
What’s New in BlackBerry® Enterprise Server v4.1 with Service Pack 5 for IBM® Lotus® Domino®: February 20, 2008

What’s New in BlackBerry® Enterprise Server v4.1 with Service Pack 5 for Microsoft® Exchange®: February 21, 2008

Feature overview

What’s New with BlackBerry Enterprise Solution v4.1 Updated with Service Pack 5

With the latest release of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution, your organization gains new wireless capabilities as well as access to enhanced administrative features.

Improve End User Productivity

  • Support for HTML and Rich Text email allows BlackBerry smartphone users to receive email messages with their original formatting preserved.
    • Users can read email more easily, view embedded images, hyperlinks, tables, bullets, numbering and indentation.
  • Free-busy calendar lookup improves meeting scheduling on the go.
    • Users can view the meeting attendee availability and automatically find the next available time that attendees can meet.
  • Download and edit email attachments in their native file formats for improved productivity while users are away from their desks.
    • Users can save file attachments to their BlackBerry smartphones, work on the documents and include them in replies to colleagues
  • Advanced instant messaging and presence features include improved address book integration, IM contact “click to call”, IM session “convert to call” and advanced emoticon support.
    • Allows coworkers to collaborate and communicate more effectively using their BlackBerry smartphone
  • BlackBerry Client for IBM® Lotus® Connections provides social software for business. Learn about a new way to collaborate.
    • Your employees can build new connections and communicate and collaborate more easily.

Simplify Management and Support

  • BlackBerry® Web Desktop Manager is a web-based application that is designed to lower the total cost of ownership for the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.
    • Reduces the number of BlackBerry® software components installed on end-user workstations
    • Allows BlackBerry smartphone users to install software and manage their devices using any browser-enabled computer
  • BlackBerry® Monitoring Service helps organizations maintain high availability and high performance of their BlackBerry Enterprise Solution infrastructure.
    • Provides administrators with enhanced monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting and reporting capabilities
    • Enables proactive issue identification and resolution


So this is a script I knocked up to make sure Exchange is being backed up.  It does it by querying the LastFullBackup attribute of an Exchange Database.

It groups servers by AD site, and I have this run as a scheduled task every day.  It also send and email.

As a scheduled task I created a .cmd file with the following in it:

powershell c:psGet-MSXBackupStatus.ps1

In addition to the script you will need Get-Bufferhtml.ps1 and send-mail.ps1

Send-Mail.ps1 uses a file (c:psemailAlertList1.txt) to send email to.  This should be a text file, with the word “email” on the first line, followed by email addresses of people you want to send the email to.

[PS] C:PS>.Get-MSXBackupStatus.ps1                                                                                                 Transcript started, output file is c:psGet-MSXBackupStatus.ps1.wri               Get-MSXBackupStatus.ps1:  v1.1 [12 Nov  2007]                                                                                                                     Run on MyDesktop at 02/06/2008 12:02:07                                    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|                                                                                                                                                                              a.mydom.local/Configuration/Sites/SITE01                                      J01VA : 8 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG02-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG03-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG04-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG05-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG06-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG07-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                      SG08-DB01-J01VA : LastFull: - OLD!                                                                                                                       M01VA : 8 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/05/2008 22:04:30 - OK                     SG02-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/05/2008 22:34:19 - OK                     SG03-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/05/2008 23:04:04 - OK                     SG04-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/05/2008 23:34:21 - OK                     SG05-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/06/2008 00:04:11 - OK                     SG07-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/06/2008 01:04:14 - OK                     SG08-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/06/2008 01:34:07 - OK                     SG06-DB01-M01VA : LastFull:02/06/2008 00:34:06 - OK                                                                                                     MBX01 : 2 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-MBX01 : LastFull:02/05/2008 21:03:18 - OK                     SG02-DB01-MBX01 : LastFull:02/05/2008 21:03:42 - OK                                                                                                     MRS02 : 1 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-MRS02 : LastFull:02/05/2008 21:12:35 - OK                     MRS02 : 1 Public Folder Databases                                        Public Folder Database : LastFull:02/05/2008 21:12:38 - OK                                                                                                                                                                                         a.mydom.local/Configuration/Sites/SITE01                                      - 19 Mailbox databases                                                            - 1 Public Folder Databases                                                       - 8 of them have FULL backups greater than 8 days old!                           ##########################################################################                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a.mydom.local/Configuration/Sites/SITE02                                      xMRS01 : 1 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-GIBPSMMSWMRS01 : LastFull: - OLD!                                                                                                                       xMRS02 : 1 Mailbox Databases                                              SG01-DB01-GIBPSMMSWMRS02 : LastFull: - OLD!                                      xMRS02 : 1 Public Folder Databases                                        PUB01-xMRS02 : LastFull: - OLD!                                                                                                                            a.mydom.local/Configuration/Sites/SITE02                                      - 2 Mailbox databases                                                             - 1 Public Folder Databases                                                       - 3 of them have FULL backups greater than 8 days old!                           ##########################################################################           

Work begins to repair severed net

This makes an interesting read, and makes you realise how vulnerable the internet actually is!
Work has begun to repair two damaged internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea that were severed last week.

Flag Telecom, one of the firms responsible for the cables, says it will take about a week to be fixed.

The break in cables has caused disruption to net services in the Middle East and India. The cause is still not known.

OWA & Out of Office Assistant

So off the back of this post “942227: You may receive duplicate Out of Office messages in Outlook 2003 after your mailbox is migrated to Exchange Server 2007” one of the workarounds is to use OWA to set the OOO.  So I wanted to be able to send a link out to a user that will take them direct to  OOO page in OWA

So after some surfing I came up with nothing to help me, the IIS logs come to the rescue.

Use the following URLs to get direct to …

Contacts: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Contact
Calendar: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Appointment
Tasks: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Task 

Regional Settings: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Regional
Messaging: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Messaging
Spelling: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Spelling
Calendar Options: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Calendar
Out of Office Assistant: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Oof
Junk E-Mail: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=JunkEmail
Change Password: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=ChangePassword
General Settings: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=General
Deleted Items: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=DeletedItems
Mobile Devices: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Eas
About: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=About

Not you need to turn off FBA to get this to work 

A Month in Exchange: February 2008

New Downloads in January 2008

Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console Documentation
Forefront Server Security Management Console allows administrators to easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and Microsoft Antigen, providing a web-based console to centralize configuration and operation, automate the download and distribution of signature and scan engine updates, and generate comprehensive reports. Forefront Server Security Management Console also allows administrators to rapidly respond to outbreaks and update protection across enterprise deployments, improving organizational agility in responding to new threats. Through integration with Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server, Forefront Server Security Management Console helps maintain reliability and performance of messaging and collaboration protection.

Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Web Update Pack
This download contains the latest XML and ExBPA.chm files. Use this package to update your existing installation of the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer. NOTE: If Internet connectivity is available, the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer will attempt to automatically update itself from the Internet. Where updates are being applied automatically, there is no need to download the Web Update Pack.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live Early Access II E-mail Router
The E-mail Router is an interface between the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live system and an e-mail system.

IT Showcase: Managing the Calendaring and Collaboration Process By Using Exchange Server 2007 Web Services
Two distinct groups at Microsoft have the challenging task of scheduling thousands of people for speaking engagements or for job interviews each year. Understand how Microsoft used Exchange Server 2007 Web Services to automate a near real-time solution to create integrated communication and collaboration; one that can display multiple meetings and multiple presenters per meeting; within its own enterprise using an improved development toolset that offers better functionality than previously available from Microsoft.

Microsoft Transporter Suite
Transporter Suite contains a set of tools for migrations from both Lotus Domino Servers, and generic IMAP/POP sources. For Lotus Domino the suite contains a set of tools for Directory and Free/Busy interoperability between Lotus Domino 6 or 7 and Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. In addition for Lotus Domino the suite contains migration tools to migrate users, groups, personal address lists, mailboxes, personal mail archives, and applications from Lotus Domino 5, 6 or 7 to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. For generic POP/IMAP servers the suite contains a set of tools to bulk migrate mailboxes from any generic email servers that support the POP3 or IMAP4 protocol to mailboxes in Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Transporter Suite Release Notes
The Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino Release Notes contains up to date information that is not included in the Transporter Help file. The Transporter Release Notes augments the Transporter Help.

Exchange Hosted Services Continuity Datasheet
Microsoft® Exchange Hosted Continuity is a business continuity solution that helps protect and provide continuous access to e-mail for a business and its employees. This datasheet outlines the details and benefits of the Continuity service.

EHS Archive Datasheet
Today’s business demands the need for a centralized, easily accessible and multi-functioning mail repository. Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) assists with this enterprise goal.

HMC 4.0 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 White Paper
This white paper introduces the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) new features related to the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0. In particular, it addresses key features in anywhere access, built-in protection, and operation efficiency.

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Impleme
nted New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007

How does Exchange Server 2007 enable a large enterprise to increase mailbox quotas globally by a factor of ten and still lower storage costs, reduce maintenance complexities, and simplify data recovery processes? Microsoft IT was able to take advantage of Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) in new mailbox server designs based on direct attached storage (DAS). Advantages of CCR and DAS over alternative configurations will be discussed along with how MSIT was able to eliminate storage as a single point of failure while at the same time lowering costs to two dollars per gigabyte.

Microsoft Antigen 9 with SP1 Readme
The Messaging Security Suite includes Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager, and provides server-level protection against the latest e-mail threats.

Webcast showing at a desktop near you in February 2008
Two .. u gotta be joking

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 7 of 8): Key Scenarios, Examples, Demos, and How-to’s (Level 300)
In this session, we cover three main how-to themes. In the first part of the webcast, we show how Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 can provide built-in protection within your Exchange Server organization. We show you how to establish an ethical firewall using transport rules and how to establish and test local continuous replication (LCR) to provide continuous availability. Next, we discuss how Exchange Server offers anywhere access to your mailbox and describe how to reinforce this. In the third part of this session, we look at how easy Exchange Server is to manage. By the end of the session, you will have a great understanding of how to perform many of the administrative tasks that Exchange Server 2007 makes possible.

The link to this one doesn’t work
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server In Depth (Part 8 of 8): Master Concepts and Optimize Your Server Environment (Level 300)
In this final session of our in-depth series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, we start with a look at message hygiene. Your e-mail system is constantly being bombarded with unwanted and undesirable messages, and as a messaging administrator, it’s your job to clean that up. Next, we discuss messaging policies. With recent accounting scandals and the global terrorism threat, governments and their agencies require organizations to store, and produce on request, pertinent e-mail messages. Exchange Server 2007 provides policies to help you achieve this goal with simple to setup and administer policies. Finally, we explain how messages can be made secure whilst in transit through your organization, between organizations, and across untrusted networks, like the Internet.

New KBs in January 2008
Using KBAlertz now as there is no easy way that I can find to get this from
Exchange 5.5:
Exchange 2000:
Exchange 2003:
Exchange 2007:
Forefront For Exchange:

January 30, 2008
948000: You cannot start the Microsoft Exchange Transport service on an Exchange Server 2007 Hub server
942227: You may receive duplicate Out of Office messages in Outlook 2003 after your mailbox is migrated to Exchange Server 2007
947345: The Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) setup process is unsuccessful if the replication of the computer account is not completed in the scheduled time
947802: You cannot connect to a clustered Exchange 2007 server through a server that has the Client Access Server (CAS) role installed by using the /exchange virtual directory

January 29, 2008
947174: Event ID 1000 is logged when you move a mailbox on a server that is running Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2
943413: The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service stops responding intermittently on a server that is running Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2
947281: When you try to install Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 on an Exchange Server 2007-based computer, Setup fails

January 28, 2008
947283: Error message when you try to install Exchange Server 2007: “Internet Explorer Script Error”

January 25, 2008
947809: Information about whether to use the Forefront Server Security Management Console to manage a Forefront Server Security for Exchange installation in an Exchange 2007 Single Copy Cluster configuration
947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: “Schema update failed”

January 24, 2008
946111: Error message when you run the Eseutil.exe tool to defragment the database on an Exchange Server 2003-based computer: “Operation terminated with error -2102”

January 22, 2008
946818: The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service may crash intermittently on an Exchange 2003 SP2 server

January 21, 2008
945324: Exchange 2007 may change the code page of MIME e-mail messages when the messages are downloaded by using a POP3 client or by using an IMAP4 client

January 16, 2008
947168: Users cannot log on to Outlook Web Access after you apply Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 in an Exchange 2007 environment

January 14, 2008
945836: The Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes, the Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes, and the Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes have been updated for daylight saving time Rules Update 1 (RU1): December 2007

January 10, 2008
942442: The Content Filtering agent does not block HTML e-mail messages even if custom words and phrases are in the message body on an Exchange Server 2007 Edge server

January 8, 2008
943184: The SPN list on the front-end server is not updated when you follow the steps in Knowledge Base article 920209 to deploy Kerberos Constrained Delegation in an Exchange 2003 front-end and back-end environment

January 3, 2008
944722: An update for daylight saving time changes in Venezuela is available for computers that are running Exchange 2003 SP1

December 31, 2007
945966: The Exchange Server Availability report in the Exchange 2003 Management Pack for MOM 2005 may show availability of over 100 percent
946641: How to change the method for transfer encoding after you apply Exchange 2007 SP1 to the Exchange 2007-based server that is running the Hub Transport role
946957: “HTTP Error 403.4 Forbidden” Error Message When Users With Mailboxes on Exchange Server 2003 Login to OWA Using the Exchange 2007 CAS Server

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing

… Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers.

Windows Server 2008 was also released to manufacturing today and will be available for purchase to new customers on March 1.

947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: “Schema update failed”

January 25, 2008

947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: “Schema update failed”

You run the ForestPrep operation by using the setup.exe /prepareschema command in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain. You do this to prepare a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service forest for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

When you do this, you receive the following error message:
Schema update failed: An attribute with the same link identifier already exists

947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: "Schema update failed"

January 25, 2008

947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: “Schema update failed”

You run the ForestPrep operation by using the setup.exe /prepareschema command in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain. You do this to prepare a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service forest for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

When you do this, you receive the following error message:
Schema update failed: An attribute with the same link identifier already exists