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Screencast: How to Configure RPC over HTTPS in Exchange Server 2003, running on a Domain Controller

We have already demonstrated how to configure RPC over HTTPS when Exchange Server and Domain Controller are running on separate machines.

In the following Step-by-Step Screencast, we will demonstrate another popular scenario – Exchange Server, running on a Domain Controller.
It is very important to note, that the Domain Controller on which Exchange Server is running, should be a Global Catalog.

We will list again the prerequisites for this Scenario :
– Exchange Server 2003 with SP1 or higher
– The Domain Controller on which Exchange is running should be a Global Catalog Server
– Outlook 2003/2007 running on Windows XP with SP2 or higher, or Windows Vista

To keep things simple, we will dedicate a separate Screencast, covering the different client configuration scenarios – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, clients located outside (at a remote location), clients located on the local network (configuring Split DNS), and last but not less important – using self-issued SSL certificate with RPC over HTTPS.

After we configure the Domain Controller/Global catalog and the Exchange Server 2003, we will demonstrate how to configure and test RPC over HTTPS connection on a client at a remote location, running Windows XP, SP3 and Outlook 2007.
For your convenience, you can download the text file with the registry settings, used in the demo, and the rpccfg.exe utility.

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Step 1 We start by configuring the ncacn_http port in the registry of Exchange Server 2003. As we have stated, Exchange Server is running on a Domain Controller/Global Catalog, so we have to set the ncacn_http port on the Exchange server in this scenario.

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Step 2 Next, we install the RPC over HTTP sub-component and configure the permissions on the RPC virtual directory.

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Step 3 Again, we have to modify the registry and configure the Valid Ports which Exchange Server 2003 will use. We will test the result with the RPC config utility.

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Step 4 Finally, we will configure RPC over HTTPS on a remote client and demonstrate how to test the connection.

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