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  • RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

    Hello,

    I was reading on where it says that in order for RPC over HTTP/S to work -
    Code:
    RPC over HTTP/S also requires Windows Server 2003 in a Global Catalog role.
    My setup is:

    Exchange 2003 Ent on a Windows 2003 Standard box joined to the domain, DC is a Windows 2000SBS.

    Am I running into the road block with that setup?

    Basically I just cannot get RPC over HTTP/S to work externally, internally no problem. RPC Diag shows the connection, the server will record the authentication but eventually it times out.

    Thank you

  • #2
    Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

    If your domain controller is not Windows 2003 then the feature will not work.
    SBS 2000 is not Windows 2003, so it will not work.

    I would be surprised if the feature was working internally. You might get a connection to the mailbox server on https, but the directory connection will still be TCP/IP.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

      Right the directory shows tcp/ip - the mail and everything else shows the https.

      So whats my options - Make the 2K3 a DC or use VPN's. Which the problem there is the owner travels a bunch and is sometimes in shoddy isp connections. Overseas, south america, etc.

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      • #4
        Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

        Sounds like you have only 2 boxes, an exchange server (W2K3) and a W2k DC.
        Sembee is correct, you need a W2K3 DC, your only W2K3 box is an exchange and dcpromo-ing this is not a good idea. your only option if you want RPC/HTTPS is to buy a W2K3 server in a DC role.

        In my opinion the outlook access via RPC/HTTPS is far supperior to a VPN connection wrt stability so i would perservere with this program.

        Regards

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        • #5
          Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

          What is wrong with using OWA? This could be used as a stop gap until you decide if you want to upgrade to Win2K3 and it works over Internet. Use FBA and at least you have some security on your password.

          May even be worth waiting for Exchange 2007!!
          1 1 was a racehorse.
          2 2 was 1 2.
          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
          2 2 1 1 2

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          • #6
            Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

            You don't want to make the Exchange server a domain controller. That is a bad idea an unsupported. Once Exchange is installed it is not supported to change the role of the Exchange server from a member server to a domain controller (or vice versa).

            Therefore your options are to either purchase a new machine and/or license for Windows 2003 and upgrade one of the existing machines, or not use RPC over HTTPS.

            VPN, OWA etc will be your choices if you choose not to upgrade.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

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            • #7
              Re: RPC/HTTPS - Q on Server Types

              crap

              guess that really only leaves one choice - VPN and OWA for the owner when he's on the road.

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