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  • Setup POP3/SMTP on RPC/HTTPs Exchange 2003 Server

    Hello,
    I'm currently running Exchange Server 2003 with SP2. I'm having issue with connecting to the server name when running Outlook 2003 and 2007 client setup. I used it before and in the sudden it's stop working. OWA is working fine through IE. I'm wondering if I can setup POP3/SMTP on this server to get my clients going, and forget about using exchange rpc/https. Please help..appreciated!

  • #2
    Re: Setup POP3/SMTP on RPC/HTTPs Exchange 2003 Server

    That is massive step backwards.
    If you are going to use POP3/SMTP then you may as well rip out Exchange. You will not be using any of its features, and there will be no way of backing up your data. POP3 removes the data from your server.

    Personally I would look at why RPC over HTTPS has stopped working. The most common reason is the certificate has expired, but features do not fail for no reason.

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    • #3
      Re: Setup POP3/SMTP on RPC/HTTPs Exchange 2003 Server

      Hi Sembee,
      I'm sure cert is working fine. I should tell you a little background of how this happened. Before I host on this server (exchange1.test.com) were 3 domains, example1.com, example2.com, and example3.com. And for my personal domain (good.com) I host on a separated RPC/Https server named exchange1.fake.com). This has been working 3 years at least. After exchange1.fake.com failed, I then advised all 200-300 PCs with some 2003 and 2007 outlook client setup with exchange1.test.com. At this point none of the emails under good.com has been working via rpc/https. for those 3 domains example1.com, example2.com, and example3.com they are working fine. Now I put firewall zywall 100 USG with and without firewall for testing is still isn't working. I asked my firewall programmer to forward all port 25, smtp, 443, 80, to exchange1.test.com still isn't working. OWA to exchange1.test.com is working beautifully. Just only RPC/HTTPs isn't working. When trying to setup on a desktop or laptop i'm getting errors cannot be done. cannot contact the exchange server. I can ping exchange server IP and FQDN.

      Do you think it is possible of windows credential still seeing the old server? Please advise..

      Thanks,
      Last edited by dykirin; 13th November 2008, 13:56. Reason: additional info

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      • #4
        Re: Setup POP3/SMTP on RPC/HTTPs Exchange 2003 Server

        It isn't clear what is and is not working.

        Exchange doesn't care about the SMTP domain of a user, it is only interested in the credentials of the user account in the WINDOWS domain.
        Therefore if some user accounts work, then they should all work, unless you have done something with the configuration of the network - for example are using UPN's that match the email address.

        It also isn't clear if you have more than one Exchange server or not. Again that will make a difference whether things work or not.

        Finally a firewall change should not have broken operation. Certainly it should work internally if you have a split DNS system setup so that the external name works internally.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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        • #5
          Re: Setup POP3/SMTP on RPC/HTTPs Exchange 2003 Server

          Sembee,
          Both Exchange boxes weren't part of my network infra. they are hosting email independently from my network infra.

          I will try to format brand new machine with outlook client install on it then try to setup the authentication again see if that will rectify the issue.

          both exchanges rpc/https are hosting off a datacenter. Did not tie to my network or vpn tunneling into it.


          Originally posted by Sembee View Post
          It isn't clear what is and is not working.

          Exchange doesn't care about the SMTP domain of a user, it is only interested in the credentials of the user account in the WINDOWS domain.
          Therefore if some user accounts work, then they should all work, unless you have done something with the configuration of the network - for example are using UPN's that match the email address.

          It also isn't clear if you have more than one Exchange server or not. Again that will make a difference whether things work or not.

          Finally a firewall change should not have broken operation. Certainly it should work internally if you have a split DNS system setup so that the external name works internally.

          Simon.

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