Introduction to Exchange Server 2003 ESM Features - Part 1


Topic Last Modified: 2005-10-31

By Nino Bilic.

This article and the two others in the series of three (Introduction to Exchange Server 2003 ESM Features - Part 2 and Introduction to Exchange Server 2003 ESM Features - Part 3) will cover all of the features that can be viewed from Exchange System Manager (ESM) or Active Directory Users and Computers in Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 before Service Pack 2 (SP2). More information about those features can generally be found in Exchange Server 2003 Help file.

The Properties page of any mixed administrative group (site) policy in ESM shows those policies that have the highest priority and a filter based on legacyExchangeDN. On the E-mail Addresses (Policy) tab, the New button is available and you can add additional SMTP addresses.

ESM AG Mixed Site Properties Highlighting "New"

Open Properties of the server that runs Exchange Server  2003 Standard Edition in ESM. On the General tab, you see the This is a front-end server check box.

Checkbox for designating a Front End Server in ESM

Under the Administrative Group, you can select the Servers container and view additional information about servers in the details pane.

Administrave Group Server Container Window

Under the Mailbox Store object in ESM, click the Logons object. In the details pane, you will see additional detailed information about accounts that have logged on to mailboxes. To see additional fields, can be gotten by select View, and then click Add/Remove Columns.

ESM Mailbox Object Add Remove Logon Detail Window

In ESM, when you right-click and view the Properties of Exchange Server 2003, the General tab shows the path to message tracking logs.

Screen for Changing the Logfile Path

In ESM, you can see the public folder referrals on the server properties. Select Properties, and then click the Public Folder Referrals tab.

Server Object Public Folder Refferal Tab

You can use ESM to create a recovery storage group. Right-click the Exchange Server 2003 object, select New, and then click Recovery Storage Group.

ESM Recovery Storage Group Windows

You can now see the time and type of the last backup performed. In ESM, on the Properties page of either the Mailbox or Public folder store (under the Storage Group), click the Database tab.

Screen showing Store Mailbox Backup Time and Type

You can send the hierarchy to other servers. Right-click the public folder store or public folder tree itself, and then select Send Hierarchy. Choose the source and destination servers where the hierarchy should be sent and specify the number of days of hierarchy that should be sent.

Window Showing Send PF Hierarchy To Other Servers
In Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) this feature has been renamed to Resend Changes

In ESM, to send content to other servers, expand the public folder tree, and then right-click any public folder. On the All Tasks menu, select Send Contents.

Screen Showing the Send PF contents on Demand

Age limit explanations are improved for public folders. To see this information, in the public folder store, on the Properties page for the public folder, click the Limits tab.

Screen Showing Explanation for PF Age Limits

You can make a folder a member of a group. Select the public folder store and then, on the Properties page of the public folder, click the Member of tab.

PF Properties Showing Member Of tab

Additional tabs are available for public folders. On the public folder tree, select the Properties page. There are new tabs in the details pane: Details, Content, Find, Status, and Replication.

New Tabs for PF Properties

For more information about the features of Exchange System Manager, see the following Exchange resources: