ExRCA: Test your Exchange Server 2007 remote connectivity

Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

Exchange Server 2007 offers a wealth of many different connectivity options for the end user. The problem is that if a user cannot connect to the Exchange Server all those available options do no good. In Exchange 2007 client access is handled by, of course the Client Access Server (CAS). Once this server role is deployed we generally would test to make sure it is working properly. And once the tests come back looking good we think we're ok.

Well the problem is that not all issues with remote connectivity have to do with the CAS itself. So how do you make sure you have users connecting remotely, rather than an angry lynch mob outside of your office? Thankfully there is a tool that can provide excellent insight into those connectivity issues it is called the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer (ExRCA). The idea behind this tool is to analyze connections from the various client sources such as: Exchange Active sync Exchange Web Services Outlook anywhere Inbound (SMTP) email The ExRCA tests the most common areas for issues with client connectivity and provides guidance for correcting the issues at hand so that you can be sure that the settings you have configured TRULY work. The ExRCA works by using an external website that attempts to connect to your actual Exchange CAS to make sure that everything is up to par. Based on the test you choose you need to provide the following information: Email Address Domain /Username or UPN Password You may also need to provide the RPC Proxy Server and Authentication Method, Internal Mail Server FQDN, Mutual Authentication Principal Name. In some of the tests you need to check the box to Ignore Trusts for SSL and finally you need to check the box stating that you understand that you will need to provide credentials that are working and acknowledge that you are an Administrator of that domain. To use the ExRCA go to https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/ . Why wonder if your users are actually connecting to your Exchange Server, when with the ExRCA you can be sure of it.

Recent Posts The iland Workforce Cloud: Go ahead keep your head and desktop in the cloud Small Business Server 2008: Turning 'OFF' IPv6 could be dangerous When Security Software goes BAD PageNest: Easily browse Internet sites offline PowerGUI unleash the power of PowerShell while using a familiar GUI management interface Nexsan and Falconstor team up to make a greener, de-dupe solution Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool: Is a PAL every Administrator needs VisualRoute 2009: A tool to help you analyze, track and diagnose Internet traffic
Windows 7 Windows 7 Unveiled Will Windows 7 upgrade strategy keep XP users away…NO! Fun with Windows 7 Why Windows 7 will crush Linux Why XP users will switch to Windows 7 Why IT will adopt Windows 7
See my lists of great tools 12 killer freebie SharePoint add-ons Five great Windows open source tools 8 little-known technologies that instantly make Microsoft shops run smoother 9 wickedly useful Web sites for Windows administrators 12 cool cross-platform tools for Windows, Macs and Linux 20 great Windows open source projects you should get to know A Better Windows World Tools Library
Like this and want more? Check out the other tools I've written about in A Better Windows World. the Microsoft Subnet home page for more bloggers, news, humor, security alerts and more.

Plus, check out

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.
Now read: Getting grounded in IoT