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    Right guy's need some help on this.

    Windows Server 2003 R2 with all updates except SP2 installed.
    Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 installed and all updates from MS.

    Old exchange server is running Exchange 2000 Enterprise and is sited on a DC, thereason for this new server.

    Exchange 2003 is installed and seems to be working fine.

    All mail is being delivered and Mailboxes have been transfered over. Mail flow is working as it should be. Messages are being sent in and out of the company to both intercompany and external email accounts.

    When i try to use ESM i run into this little error message. I really noticed it when i tried to do anything, move mailboxes, tx Public Folders, Use the message tracking centre. Whe using the centre it doesn't resolve the names we enter. Its like it can't access the AD structure.

    The Server is not operational
    8007203a


    Now i know DNS is working on the DC's, a new one was installed along with this server. All records have registered themselves correctly.

    DCDIAG returns no errors other than it cannot RPC to the schema master, the other DC has the same issue.

    NETDIAG returns no errors.

    I can ping the server by both IP and name, i can browse shares on the server.

    If anymore info is needed then please ask as i can't remember it all.

    Anyone have any ideas why this is happening.

  • #2
    Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

    Have you replicated public and system folders to the new server?
    Are you sure that it is trying to connect to the new server for public folder information?
    If you use another machine with the management tools installed, does the same problem occur?

    Are all the Exchange services running? Exchange can actually appear to work with one of the services stopped.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      Have you replicated public and system folders to the new server?
      Are you sure that it is trying to connect to the new server for public folder information?
      If you use another machine with the management tools installed, does the same problem occur?

      Are all the Exchange services running? Exchange can actually appear to work with one of the services stopped.

      Simon.
      I did have a problem with the public folders that uninstalling urlscan fixed. The error code for that was 80040e19. I have set the replication in progress but as you know 2000 to 2003 can be a bit slow.

      I can use System Manager on the other machine with absolutley no problems.

      All exchange services are running and i get no errors on a reboot.

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      • #4
        Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

        Right i seem to have narrowed it down to the following.

        If i open ESM, browse down through to the server and then onto the mailboxes folder i can see them perfectly well. If however i right click on them to do some Exchange tasks then i get the above mentioned error.

        If i go into the Message tracking centre i cannot add things like recipients or servers. It just keeps telling me that the object does not exist. If i go to ocations i cannot browse down through the AD structure. All i see is Entire Directory.

        I can however do all these things on the other Exchange server with no problems. This exchange box is going to be replaced as it is currently on a DC.

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        • #5
          Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

          Can you work on the server that is giving the problem from a remote server?
          You should be able to manage the Exchange server from any server in the Exchange org.
          If you can, and the server is going away, then I wouldn't worry about it.

          Simon.
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          • #6
            Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

            Originally posted by Sembee View Post
            Can you work on the server that is giving the problem from a remote server?
            You should be able to manage the Exchange server from any server in the Exchange org.
            If you can, and the server is going away, then I wouldn't worry about it.

            Simon.
            I can access the server from anywhere i wish but this server is the new server and not the old one.

            Bit of a nightmare when there is only one server on this site.

            Any other ideas m8??

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            • #7
              Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

              I am confused now.
              In an earlier post you said you can do the things from the other Exchange server.
              Now you say that it is the only server in the site.
              You also said it was being replaced, but now you say that it is the new server.

              Is Exchange installed on a domain controller or not, again that isn't 100% clear because of the above issues.

              Whether it is the only server or not doesn't stop you from installing the Admin tools on to another machine and seeing if you can access the configuration from another machine. If the server is being ditched I would simply work around it.
              If it is a new build, then I would be looking at the possibility of a bad build.

              It looks like permissions, but resolving permissions issues on E2000/2003 is a nightmare - particularly on a DC and I try to work around it where possible.

              Simon.
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              Exchange MVP

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              • #8
                Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

                Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                I am confused now.
                In an earlier post you said you can do the things from the other Exchange server.
                Now you say that it is the only server in the site.
                You also said it was being replaced, but now you say that it is the new server.

                Is Exchange installed on a domain controller or not, again that isn't 100% clear because of the above issues.

                Whether it is the only server or not doesn't stop you from installing the Admin tools on to another machine and seeing if you can access the configuration from another machine. If the server is being ditched I would simply work around it.
                If it is a new build, then I would be looking at the possibility of a bad build.

                It looks like permissions, but resolving permissions issues on E2000/2003 is a nightmare - particularly on a DC and I try to work around it where possible.

                Simon.
                Ok maybe i didn't explain it that great.

                This is a branch site of our organisation. Each site has its own exchange server to handle mail. There are currently about 10 sites in our organisation

                The previous Exchange server was running Exchange 2000. This is currently running on a Domain Controller, which i don't want.

                We purchased a two brand new servers that would replace the old exchange server and also add a new Domain Controller.

                I have installed the new domain controller on the first server and installed exchange 2003 Standard on the 2nd new server.

                The old server is still up and running at the moment.

                What i have narrowed it down to is a duff DC.

                I have removed the GC feature from the old DC and outlook gives me no error messages whatsoever.

                If i allow the old server to be a GC and it so happens that the logon server is the old server then the errors re-appear.

                I'm thinkng it is possibly a faulty DNS server on the old DC.

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                • #9
                  Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

                  Exchange will attach itself to a specific GC/DC, so if the DC has issues then you can get some very odd results.

                  Have you made the new domain controller a GC? Is it getting any replication issues?
                  Which GC/DC is Exchange using?

                  Simon.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Error - 8007203a message when using ESM

                    Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                    Exchange will attach itself to a specific GC/DC, so if the DC has issues then you can get some very odd results.

                    Have you made the new domain controller a GC? Is it getting any replication issues?
                    Which GC/DC is Exchange using?

                    Simon.
                    Yeah it had attached itself to the old DC that was going to be made redundant.

                    The new DC is now a GC and when i restarted the new exchange server it picked up the new dc and started working as it should.

                    I now only have one GC/DC working on the site but this will change once i get 2003 installed on it.

                    Just for your info when i went to remove the old Exchange 2000 server installation it would not connect to AD so i had to do a manual removal of exchange then DCPROMO the machine back to a member server.

                    Exchnage is now working like it should.

                    Thanks for your help Simon.

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