Some customers have an Active Directory domain in their DMZ (for management purposes) and the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server can be a member of this domain as well.
Unfortunately starting with Exchange 2013 CU5 the Edge Transport server won’t install anymore when the server is a member of such a domain. Setup crashes with the following error message:
“Active Directory failed on localhost. This error is not retriable. Additional information: the parameter is incorrect.” And “Active Directory response: 00000057: LdapErr: DSID-0C090D8A, comment: Error in attribute conversion operation, data 0, v2580 —> System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.DirectoryOperationException: The requested attribute does not exist.”
At this moment (up to Exchange 2013 CU7) there’s no other workaround that to remove the Edge Transport server from the domain, install the Edge Transport server role (make sure you got the FQDN of the server correct!) and after installing rejoin the Active Directory domain. This works fine.
I noticed however that upgrading an Exchange 2013 CU6 Edge Transport server that’s domain joined to CU7 doesn’t hit this issue, there was no need to remove it from the domain before upgrading.
The recommended way of installing the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server is on a workgroup member (stand-alone server) in the DMZ. However, it is not uncommon that customers are implementing an Active Directory domain in their DMZ for management purposes.
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Recently I had to upgrade an Exchange 2013 platform from CU2 to CU5, there were four Exchange 2013 Client Access servers and eight Exchange 2013 Mailbox servers (in a DAG).
During the upgrade of the Mailbox servers users were presented with the dreaded “The Microsoft Exchange administrator has made a change that requires you quit and restart Outlook.” dialog box.
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Microsoft recently updated its offline help files (Exch2013OnPremHelp.chm and Exch2013HybridHelp.chm) and placed them on the Microsoft download site: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35395
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Microsoft recently released its quarterly update for Exchange Server 2013, Cumulative Update 5 (CU5), and the successor of Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (which is Cumulative Update 4 under the hood). It is a Cumulative Update, so it contains all fixes, features and functionality of earlier CU’s so if you’re installing a fresh Exchange 2013 server or upgrade for example from CU2 there’s no need to install SP1 first. Just start directly installing Exchange 2013 CU5.
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