We have a problem with Exchange 2000, namely that the forest name contains
This hasn't been a problem so far, we've only recently started moving
mailboxes to Exchange 2000 from the existing 5.5 servers. Today we noticed a
couple of bounced mails from the Antigen service on the Exchange 2000 server
rejected because of the underscore.
From what I understand all the system mailboxes get an smtp address from the
Default Recipient Policy, in our setup this contains the underscore, the
reason why Antigens mail is bounced. I understand that things such as Public
Folder replication and so on will use these smtp addresses in a native
Exchange 2000 environment.
We don't have problems mailing internally, although I assume that as we only
have one Exchange 2000 server all the inter-server traffic is using X400 at
The questions I have really are:
Will inter-server communication fail between 2 Exchange 2000 servers where
the domain name contains an underscore? The SMTP RFCs says that the server
must reject a message where the address contains an underscore (I really
wish I'd known that before....!)
If it is a showstopper of a problem how can we get out of it? Things I've
considered so far are:
Uninstalling Exchange 2000, adding a new tree to the forest and reinstalling
Exchange into that tree - I don't think this will work as the forest root
will still be the old domain, correct?
Bringing up a new forest, adding a trust to the old one, installing Exchange
2000 in there and using ADMT to move all the accounts and servers across.
Seems to be the best bet, although the most work...
Wait for .NET server and Domain Rename Tool, but I can't find any
information on how using this impacts Exchange 2000. I've seen some
suggestion that this tool works on Windows 2000 servers, any comments?
Any help or suggestions will be gratefully received!
Thanks in advance