Archives August 2006

A Public Folder permissions issue

Hi,

This is an issue that was discussed recently on the Mark Minasi forums (http://web2.minasi.com/forums) which I thought might help others with similar public folder permissions problems.

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The issue was that an Exchange server had a functioning e-mail enabled public folder on an Exchange 2003, where some user can read and some can delete?content. It was created and configured before I the current administrator started the job.

At this point there came the need to?give another user?the delete permission. The problem was, that when the admin clicked on the?”Client Permissions” button in System Manager for this folder, the dialog box “Client Permissions” has no entries at all. And that’s strange, since the permissions once granted seem to nonetheless be in effect.

One thing that stands out with this particual folder, is its owner (otherwise there are nothing out of the ordinary with it). The (AD) owner of this folder is MY_OLD_SRV$, wherefrom it was once migrated. Other folders have either MY_CURRENT_SRV$ or SYSTEM as owner (even those created on the old server).

Having looked at this is seemed that maybe something had been corrupted on migration. I suggested that the admin should try to recreate the correct permissions.

When the admin tried adding permissions he found that he couldn’t add any entries in Client Permissions. When clicking OK, he got the following error message:

“Invalid windows handle
ID no: 80040102
Exchange System Manager”

While not wholly satisfying, at least this?provided something to Google for. First stop was Q313333, in which a tool is discussed, PFInfo, for exporting, editing, and importing permissions. Thing was, it’s not downloadable, but you have to call Microsoft and ask for it.

So a little more?Googling turned up a blog entry?(http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchange/2003/10/the_pfdavadmin_.html)?where another utility was discussed, PFDAVAdmin, which you can use to manage public folder permissions etc, and this was downloadable from Microsoft.

Having?downloaded and installed the tool it was then possible to check the actual Client Permission-entries for the folder with this utility, and also edit them without any trouble.

Now everybody is happy.

Edit:

It has been brought to my attention that this tools is now available here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=635be792-d8ad-49e3-ada4-e2422c0ab424&DisplayLang=en

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Hope this helps someone,

Cheers

Nathan


Inauguaral Meetings infomation

Hi,

I have managed to sort out the details of our first meeting. There will be two meetings on consecutive days so that we can hopefully attract people both outside and inside the M25.

The first meeting will be on the 13th September 2006 and will be a MS UK HQ in Thames Valley Park in Reading. The second will be at MS in Soho, London on the 14th.

(For those who live too far away for these venues please have a think about locations where you would like a meeting and we will see what we can do)

The agenda for the meeting wil be as follows: (although I may tweak the timings slightly)

18:00 – 18:30????????????Arrival

18:30 – 18:40????????????Introduction to the aims of the group

18:40 – 19:20????????????First Session by Eileen Brown – An Introduction to Exchange 2007

19:20 – 19:40????????????Food!

19:40 – 20:15????????????Second Session by Nathan Winters – An Overview of Mobility with 2003 SP2

20:15 – 20:45????????????Final Session by Eileen Brown – An Introduction to Exchange 2007?Unified Comms showing how to access you mailbox by phone!

20:45 – 21:00????????????Questions and Answers and suggestions for the group for future meetings.

21:00????????????????????????The End!

To sign up see the threads here:

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Reading: http://www.mmmug.co.uk/forums/thread/138.aspx

London: http://www.mmmug.co.uk/forums/thread/139.aspx

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Thanks and looking forward to meeting you.

Nathan


First Observations of Exchange 2007 – 2nd Installment

Hi again, it has been a week or so since I last got a chance to have a look at the beta 2 release of Exchange 2007. But having finally got the site hosted yesterday I have now got another chance. So, here goes for a second installment of observations on the new code.

At the end of the first installment, I was looking at the new version of OWA 2007 so?I will begin where?I left off.

The first thing to mention is that the options section of OWA has had a re-design. Instead of all options being on one long scrolable page the options section is now a series of tabs on the left hand pane. One interesting point to note is that the Password change section now appears to be enabled by default in comparisoin to OWA 2003 and before where you had to make certain changes to enable it. (see link below)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297121/

It is also clear OWA now is designed to be much easier to use for those with disabilities. This has been when demonstrated on the msexchange team blog.

Likely I have mentioned this before, but the new mobile features warrent an article of their own and with time will get one in the next couple of months!

Moving onto the calendar section one thing I can’t seem to find after only a few minutes of looking is how to view the whole month in the main pane. Maybe someone can enlightlen me!

Like the Mobility section of the options tab the new Documents folder is something that warrents more attention soon.

But now, moving back to the new administration interface it is hard to miss the new tools section which now, unlike the CTP version from March is now populated with all the tools you would expect. This is now a great section and means that admins have direct access to tools like the ExBPA, ExPTA, ExDRA and the mail flow troubleshooter tool. Alongside these the Mail Tracking tool and the queue viewer tools are all in this section too.
Clicking the message tracking icon starts a completely redesigned tools which from early testing doesn’t seem to work terribly well. The interface is fine although clicking through the wizard seems to end up with a grey page with no content. Something to continue investigating no doubt!

Lastly for this installment, a quick look at the Client access section of the Server Configuration area. Looking at the properties page of the Exchange (Default Web Site) it is great to see on the authentication tab that you can now setup all the authentication for OWA in one area including specifying how users login to OWA either with their user name, UPN or the traditional domain\username.

So that is all for now, hopefully I will have some time to write a third installment soon, but in particular I am going to start investigating some areas specifically such as, mobility, powershell and the replication features.

More soon
Cheers
Nathan


Warning of downtime.

Hi,

For anyone who read this original post (talking about downtime today (Thursday 3rd Aug)) well we had the downtime, but the migration had to be aborted because it was taking too long!

So, now the plan is to do this on Saturday. With a bit of luck it will all be done by Saturday night, but I guess we may be out all day!

Sorry

Nathan