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Exchange 2003 Event 2000: “Verify that the Microsoft Exchange MTA service has started. Consecutive ma-open calls are failing with error 3051”

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One of the smaller networks I manage consists of a handful of users who connect to a SBS 2003 server. Their server keeps reporting the following in the Windows Application Log: Event: 2000 Source: MSExchangeIS Mailbox “Verify that the Microsoft Exchange MTA service has started. Consecutive ma-open calls are failing with error 3051” This error […]

Exchange 2007 server sizing resources

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I’m getting ready to consult on a fairly large size Exchange 2007 deployment. The customer wants some server specs so they can get their servers ordered. Here are some of the resources I use when calculating how many servers they should purchase and how large they should be. Exchange 2007 Server Sizing Resources Exchange 2007 […]

Update to OWA 2000/2003 + IE7 + Windows Vista = email editing problems

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Earlier I wrote about an Exchange 2000/2003 hotfix that resolves Windows Vista/OWA message editing problems.  Well, after I applied the hotfix to our Exchange 2003 server, it took all of about an hour before I had two complaints come in from users about receiving blank emails. KB 919238 describes a known issue with the hotfix and […]

OWA 2000/2003 + IE7 + Windows Vista = email editing problems

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One of my co-workers just got a new Lenovo laptop with Windows Vista Business preinstalled.  Shortly after he started using it out in the field he reported problems composing and responding to messages in Exchange 2003’s Outlook Web Access.  I set him up with Outlook 2007 in cached mode, so that bought me some time […]

Howto: Send an email from an Exchange or IIS SMTP server without a client

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I’ve been doing a tremendous amount of troubleshooting for an Exchange 2003 sending problem one of my clients has been experiencing, and I’ve probably sent hundreds of messages from their server during this whole ordeal. I was troubleshooting the problem remotely, without access to Outlook, so I had to send messages using Outlook Web Access.  […]

Exchange SMTP troubleshooting tools

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I’ve been having tons of problems with a new Windows 2003 SBS R2 server’s Exchange. This small office of four users have had terrible problems sending email intermittently. It’s bizarre, users can email people one minute, then they get 5.7.1 NDRs the next, saying relaying denied. One user even got this message trying to email […]

Problems with Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 – connecting to Exchange 2003 SP2 in cached mode over the Internet

by File in: diagnostics, exchange, office, troubleshooting, Windows

My hard drive died in my home computer about two weeks ago. Rather than reinstall Windows XP SP2, I went ahead and installed Windows Vista 64-bit. Everything has been great, with the exception of not being able to connect to my corporate Exchange server (running SP2 on SBS 2003). I was able to connect from […]

Howto: speed up Windows Server / SBS 2003 shutdown time

by File in: exchange, howto, registry, SBS, Windows

Sometimes Windows servers take forever to shutdown. I’ve known several people who’ve caused problems for themself by geting impatient and shutting off the server via the power button, rather than waiting for a graceful shutdown. According to KB827610, the culprit is the WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry key, which by default waits up to 10 minutes to before […]

IMF still updating through Automatic Updates despite being disabled

by File in: diagnostics, events, exchange, microsoft update, patches, troubleshooting, windows update

I have a strong belief that thou shall not allow Automatic Updates (AU) to be automatically installed on Windows servers. 95% of the time the updates are just fine, but that other 5% can be quite painful. Last night I installed KB927891 that AU had downloaded. AU actually downloaded two updates, but the one for […]

SBS Windows 2003 error – Event 3006 Source Perflib Unable to read the performance counter strings of the 00x language ID – Solved

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I had a Windows 2003 Small Business Server box that has been getting the following error repeatedly: “Event 3006, Source Perflib: Unable to read the performance counter strings of the 00x language ID” I checked eventid.net first, but none of the suggestions helped. I googled the error, and came across this post on the petri.co.il […]