Branch office domain migration

Branch offices are typically a very lean setup, 1 may be 2 servers.  The number of users at the location can range anywhere from 5 to 70.

If its a single server setup, it poses additional challenges when trying to consolidate the domains. Active directory domain migration tool cannot migrate domain controllers. Demoting the only controller means the file server will lose all the ACLs.

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Outlook 2007 Free/Busy and Exchange 2003

This has been bugging me for the longest time.  I noticed that when a user is created on Exchange 2003, other users with Outlook 2007 cannot see the Free/Busy status.

It have always showed up as hashed, eg unavailable.  Previouly I have fixed this by going to a station with Outlook 2003 installed and login to the account.  So it got to be something Outlook 2007 needs but Exchange 2003 does not provide.

Recently I got a chance to fix it.  Created a new user in Exchange 2003, checked.  In my Outlook 2007 , the user status appeared as hashed.  I went over to the user station with Outlook 2007 installed, send me an invitation.  I accepted it  and the status still showed hashed.

I restarted my Outlook using ClearFreeBusy and I can see the status now.  Some times its the simplest of things.

Troubleshooting Outlook Anywhere

Recently I have a problem with Outlook Anywhere.  Outlook Web Access (OWA) works fine.  It is simply not possible get Outlook connected from inside or outside the office.  This is for Exchange 2007 and Outlook 2003.

Outlook Anywhere or Outlook RPC over HTTP relies on OWA  to work.  So if OWA works, then it should work or something else right?

After a long sequence of troubleshooting, including reinstall RPC over HTTP and changing of certificates.  The root cause of the problem was in the IIS,  rpcproxy.dll has a redirect installed.  It was redirected to the OWA main page. Removing the redirect and the Outlook Anywhere connected smoothly.
How to view Outlook connections without restarting Outlook. link Note in the picture, it shows the connection as HTTPS. For a LAN connection it will change to TCP/IP.

It seems that this oldie is still a goodie.