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Disabling or enabling the product by using the FSC utility

 

Applies to: Forefront Protection for Exchange

Topic Last Modified: 2010-05-24

The FSC utility (FSCUtility.exe) is a command line tool with which you can disable or enable Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE).

noteNote:
Unlike a reset, when you use FSCUtility.exe, the Microsoft Forefront Server Protection services are not removed. Only the dependencies that have been set are removed.

FSCUtility.exe is located in the FPE program folder. For information about the default location of this folder, see Default folders.

The utility uses the following parameters:

  • /status—Gives an on-screen report showing the status of FPE and the server.
  • /disable—Disables FPE dependencies, the transport agent, and the VSAPI hook.
  • /enable—Enables FPE dependencies, the transport agent, and the VSAPI hook.

There are other parameters, but you should only use them when support technicians direct you to do so.

You can use the FSC utility to disable FPE.

importantImportant:
When you are not running FPE, you are without its protection.
To disable the product
  1. Stop the relevant Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Forefront Server Protection services. Typically, this includes the Microsoft Exchange Transport, Microsoft Exchange Information Store, and Microsoft Forefront Server Protection Controller services.

    noteNote:
    In a clustered environment, when running the FSC utility to disable FPE, the Exchange and Forefront services are automatically taken offline. Therefore, you can skip step 1 and proceed directly to step 2.
  2. From a command prompt, navigate to the FPE program folder. For information about the default location of this folder, see Default folders.

  3. Enter the following command:

    FSCUtility /disable
    
  4. If you want to confirm that FPE is disabled, enter the following command:

    FSCUtility /status
    

    You should see a listing of services and information about whether they are stopped or running. The key FPE dependent services should be stopped.

  5. Restart the relevant Microsoft Exchange services. In a clustered environment, you must also manually bring the clustered mailbox server (CMS) back online.

You can use the FSC utility to enable FPE.

To enable the product
  1. Stop the relevant Microsoft Exchange services. Typically, this includes the Microsoft Exchange Transport and Microsoft Exchange Information Store services.

    noteNote:
    In a clustered environment, when running the FSC utility to enable FPE, the Exchange services are automatically taken offline. Therefore, you can skip step 1 and proceed directly to step 2.
  2. From a command prompt, navigate to the FPE program folder. For information about the default location of this folder, see Default folders.

  3. Enter the following command:

    FSCUtility /enable
    
  4. If you want to confirm that FPE is enabled, enter the following command:

    FSCUtility /status
    

    You should see a listing of services and information about whether they are stopped or running. The key FPE dependent services should be running.

  5. Restart the relevant Microsoft Exchange services. In a clustered environment, you must also manually bring the clustered mailbox server (CMS) back online.

 
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