Error message when Outlook 2003 users connect to an Exchange server by using RPC over HTTP: "Server Unavailable"


In a Microsoft Exchange Server organization, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 users receive the following error message when the users connect to an Exchange server by using RPC over HTTP:
Server Unavailable
Additionally, the following errors are logged in the Internet Information Services (IIS) logs on the RPC proxy server:
Date Time IP Address RPC_IN_DATA /rpc/rpcproxy.dll 443 domain\username IP Address MSRPC 404 2 1260 Date Time IP Address RPC_OUT_DATA /rpc/rpcproxy.dll 443 domain\username IP Address MSRPC 404 2 1260


This problem occurs if the RPC proxy server extensions do not load correctly.


To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:

Method 1:Use the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer to help diagnose and resolve client connectivity issues.
Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a Web-based troubleshooting and diagnostic tool that helps identify the point of failure for Internet-based Exchange Server client connectivity scenarios. The tool simulates all the activities a client must perform to connect, and then isolate the exact point of failure. In many cases, it points out known configuration issues and provide suggested steps for resolution. The connectivity testing across the Internet from outside your organization is performed by a Web site hosted in a Microsoft datacenter. To use this tool, visit the following Web site:

Method 2: Try to resolve the issue manually by completing the steps
You can verify in IIS Manager that the path of the Rpcproxy.dll file is valid. Additionally, verify that the file is located in the correct path and that the file is registered correctly. To do this, follow these steps.

Step 1: Verify the location of the Rpcproxy.dll file

  1. Verify that the Rpcproxy.dll file is located in the following folder:
    Note If the Rpcproxy.dll file is located in this folder, go to step 2.
  2. If you cannot locate the file in step 1a, locate the Rpcproxy.dll file in the following folder:
    Note The dllcache folder is a hidden folder. To see this folder, enable the Show hidden files and folders option in Windows Explorer.
  3. Copy the file from the dllcache folder to the rpcproxy folder.

Step 2: Verify the registered path in IIS Manager

  1. Start IIS Manager.
  2. Click Web Service Extensions.
  3. In the right pane, right-click RPC Proxy Server Extension, and then click Properties.
  4. On the General tab, verify that the path of the Rpcproxy.dll file resembles the following:
    Note If the path is incorrect, go to step 2e. If the path is correct, go to step 3.
  5. Click the Required Files tab.
  6. In the Files window, click the existing entry for the Rpcproxy.dll file, and then click Remove.
  7. Click Add.
  8. In the Path to file box, type
    Drive_Letter:\Windows\system32\rpcproxy\rpcproxy.dll. Or, you can click Browse to locate the specified folder. Then, click the file, and then click Open.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Exit IIS Manager.
  11. Use Outlook 2003 to connect to the Exchange server .

Step 3: Replace and register the Rpcproxy.dll file

If you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section, the Rpcproxy.dll file may be corrupted. Or, the Rpcproxy.dll file may not be registered correctly. This problem may occur even though the path is specified correctly in the properties of the RPC proxy server extension object. To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Replace the Rpcproxy.dll file in the Drive_Letter:\Windows\system32\rpcproxy folder by using the file from the following folder:
  2. To do this, click Start, click
    Run, type regsvr32
    , and then click OK.
  3. Use Outlook 2003 to connect to the Exchange server .

Article ID: 919092 - Last Review: Aug 28, 2013 - Revision: 1