Error moving mailboxes?

So you’re cleaning out a storage group, and there are a bunch of mailboxes that you don’t seem to be able to move?

If you check the Eventlog, do you find these events?

The MAPI call ‘OpenMsgStore’ failed with the following error:
The information store could not be opened.
The MAPI provider failed.
MAPI 1.0
ID no: 8004011d-0289-00000000

For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.

Failed to open mailbox ‘/o=CONTOSO/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=JohnDoe’ in mailbox store ‘/o=CONTOSO/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=ContosoMailServer/cn=Microsoft Private MDB81234567’ on server ‘ContosoMailServer’.
Error: The information store could not be opened.
The MAPI provider failed.
MAPI 1.0
ID no: 8004011d-0289-00000000

For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.

Quickly check if these users are not disabled.  Mailboxes with disabled users as associated account cannot be moved.  The workarounds are to enable the user accounts – which is not that desireable for your company’s Security staff – or assign SELF as the associated account.

More info at Microsoft.

Windows clients forget their domain after you reset their snapshot?

Ever run into a problem where you revert a domain member server or Windows XP domain client toa previously taken snapshot, and when trying to log on the domain, the logon fails?

I did in 2007, and never really thought of it until I ran into the following article 1006764 on the VMWare knowledge base.

The cause is very simple, and so is the solution: Member servers and clients have, just like users, accounts with passwords. If set up like this, these passwords are reset every set period. If you revert a machine back to an old snapshot, chances are that the password stored in the snapshot is not up to date with the password stored in Active Directory, and hence, Active Directory does not allow the machine to log on again.

Adminpak.msi Redux

Whenever you are working with the tools included in the Administration Pack, you might want to use some shortcuts to get quicker to the information you want.  For instance, when working in a Active Directory forest with multiple domains, you sometimes do not want to spend time clicking and hovering through the Start Menu to get to Active Directory Users and Computers, to open the AD structure of the domain you are logged into, and to manually open the Active Directory Domain you want to make changes in.

Do it quicker.

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Adding members to groups with +1500 members in PowerShell

The Windows Active Directory does not really have hard limits when it comes to group memberships. There are however soft limits.

Any ADSI or WMI query to a list of your group memberships will turn out to 1000 members in Windows 2000 mode, or 1500 in Windows 2003 native mode. Only by using ADO range limits, you can go by this soft limit.

This shouldn’t pose a problem when you are just adding members to an already big group. However, it does. Continue reading “Adding members to groups with +1500 members in PowerShell”