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This article provides a list of articles and other documents that address the top support issues for Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 setup and installation.
Note This article does not provide a complete list of all of the support issues for setup. This article provides some references to potentially useful documentation about installation support and troubleshooting.
Removing sole Exchange server leaves objects in Active DirectoryIf the sole Exchange server is removed from the Active Directory forest without using the installation wizard, or if a previous installation attempt was abandoned, entries from those installations exist in the Active Directory. The entries from those previous installations may prevent future successful installations of Exchange in the same forest. The following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles describe how to remove orphaned Exchange organizational objects from the original forestprep procedure from Active Directory, so that you can reinstall the first Exchange server into the forest:
273478If you are not using an Active Directory Connector (ADC), use the procedure in the following Knowledge Base article instead:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/273478/ )How to completely remove Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003 from Active Directory
279749NOTE: Use the procedures in the preceding articles with caution. If you use the procedures in the preceding articles after you successfully install Exchange, all of the existing Exchange servers no longer function properly.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279749/ )ForestPrep does not work with error message: An invalid ADSI pathname was passed 80005000
Exchange Server 5.5 LDAP port must change when installed on a Windows domain controllerIf Exchange Server 5.5 is installed on an Windows domain controller, the following Setup actions do not work if the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) port for the Exchange Server 5.5 directory service is not changed:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/293376/ )0x8007203a error message occurs when you run Setup /forestprep in Exchange 2000
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260692/ )Exchange 2000 installation does not join site with error message: 0xc10308a3
Failed upgrade from Exchange Server 5.5If you upgraded an Exchange Server 5.5 computer, but the upgrade stopped working during the installation wizard, and the installation wizard cannot successfully re-install or completely remove Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003, you need to roll back the Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 installation so that you can run Exchange setup again. For more information about how to roll back setup to Exchange Server 5.5, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/839356/ )How to roll back a failed migration from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server or to Exchange Server 2003
Insufficient permissionsWhen you attempt to add a computer that is running Exchange 2000 Server to an existing Exchange Server 5.5 site, you may receive the following error message:
This issue can occur if the Exchange 2000 Server installation account on the Exchange Server 5.5 computer does not have the correct permissions. For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Setup was unable to bind to the Exchange Server
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/245596/ )Exchange 2000 Setup error message: Setup was unable to bind to the Exchange server
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/168753/ )Microsoft Exchange roles, rights, and permissions
Domain Name System (DNS) issuesIf Domain Name System (DNS) settings on a domain controller or member server are not correctly configured, a variety of failures may occur during Exchange setup. Even if you can successfully ping by name, this does not guarantee that DNS resolution is working properly. Refer to the following Knowledge Base articles for additional information about running the Nltest and Netdiag support utilities:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/259912/ )Prerequisites for upgrading Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server or to Exchange Server 2003
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264001/ )Exchange Setup does not work because of Domain Name System settings on the domain controller
Domainprep changes have not replicated throughout domainIf you have performed domain preparation and given ample time for replication, Setup still may not work, and the following error message may be displayed:
Either a custom security policy has removed the domain controller privileges that were assigned by the domainprep procedure, or site replication has been scheduled to replicate at a later time. To determine which domain controller does not have the necessary rights, use the Policytest utility.
Wait for the DomainPrep changes to be replicated throughout your domain.
290409For more information about using the Policytest utility, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290409/ )Exchange 2000 Server Setup may be unsuccessful and return an 0xC007054B error code
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281537/ )Description of the Policytest.exe utility
Forestprep or Domainprep have not completed successfullyWhen you upgrade Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 for the first time, you may receive the following error message:
The component MS Exchange messaging and collaboration services cannot be assigned the action upgrade because:
Setup has detected that the Exchange 5.5 site your server belongs to has not replicated to the Active Directory yet. You can either wait for replication to complete and try the upgrade again or upgrade a server from a site that has already been replicated to the AD.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274737/ )How to verify that ForestPrep and DomainPrep completed successfully in Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003
Insufficient Active Directory permissionsYou may receive the following error message even after you ensure that Active Directory has replicated the most recent changes to all of the domain controllers:
A lack of Active Directory permissions with the account that you used to log on may cause this error message. For more information about the cause and resolution of this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
The component "Microsoft Messaging and Collaboration Services" cannot be assigned the action "install" because:
Active Directory has not replicated all of the necessary permissions for the deleted items container. Please wait until replication completes before running setup.
283027For more information about another similar permissions issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283027/ )Unable to upgrade Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 when the "forestprep" switch is used to create new organization
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279218/ )Error message occurs when installing Exchange 2000
Missing Active Directory Connections containerIf the Active Directory Connections container has been removed, Exchange setup may stop. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287172/ )Exchange 2000 Setup does not work with 0x80072030 error code
Installing first Exchange server as clustered serverIf the first Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 installation into an Exchange Server 5.5 site is a Windows clustered server, the installation of Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 may proceed, but that server will not be able to replicate configuration information with the Exchange Server 5.5 computers. This is because the Site Replication Service (SRS) is not a clusterable component and is not supported on clustered servers. Because the SRS is enabled automatically on the first non-clustered Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 computer in a mixed-mode administrative group or site, you must first uninstall the Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 cluster, install a non-clustered Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 computer in the Exchange Server 5.5 site, and then re-install the Exchange cluster.
The SRS replicates configuration information between Exchange Server 5.5 and Active Directory and works in conjunction with the Active Directory Connector (ADC). For more details about the SRS, see Chapter 16 of the Exchange 2000 Server Deployment Guide. This guide is in the Docs folder on the Exchange 2000 Server installation CD-ROM. For more information on installing Exchange on a Windows cluster, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328875/ )How to implement Exchange 2000 Server on a Windows 2000-based cluster
Removing Exchange Server 5.5 after you upgrade to a newer versionAfter you upgrade your organization to Exchange 2000 Server or to Exchange Server 2003, you should know about the following issues before you remove the Exchange Server 5.5 computers. For more information about removing the first Exchange server in a site, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152959For more information on removing the last Exchange Server 5.5 computer in an administrative group, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152959/ )How to remove the first Exchange server in a site
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/284148/ )How to remove the last Exchange Server 5.5 computer from an Exchange 2000 administrative group
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822450/ )How to remove the last Exchange Server 5.5 computer from an Exchange Server 2003 administrative group
Converting from mixed mode to native modeFor more information on preparing to convert your Exchange organization from mixed mode to native mode, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/272314/ )Preparing a mixed mode organization for conversion to native mode
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327779/ )How to convert from mixed mode to native mode in Exchange
Upgrading from evaluation or trial editions of ExchangeFor more information on upgrading from evaluation editions of Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/276206/ )Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server evaluation editions