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September 2, 2010

Installing Exchange System Manager 2003 on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2003 R2 x64

Filed under: Exchange, Microsoft, Windows 2008 R2 — internationalmanofawesome @ 5:48 am

Update 05/04/2011: This process has also been tested and works on Windows 2003 R2 x64!

Currently trying to get Quest MessageStats 6.8 installed onto a Windows 2008 R2 server. The catch is we are currently using Exchange 2003, and I hadn’t seen anything that would allow Exchange System Manager 2003 on a W2K8R2 server. So, I like a challenge…..

Disclaimer: I’m doing this on a server that is expendable, in a test lab. I’m not responsible if you destroy your production environment by following the instructions below.

Here is the process

  1. Install the W2K8R2 RSAT ADDS tools and II6 compatibility. This will require a reboot, which is forced by the installation of the ADDS tools.
  2. Download and install the Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1. Download from here
  3. Download and install: Exchange System Manager for Windows Vista found here.Now this can be a bit tricky, as the ESM for Vista does an OS detection and stops you from installing it. Luckily, there is a way around it. Extract the .msi file from the download, open a command prompt as Administrator, change to the location of the .msi file and execute the following:

    msiexec /i esmvista.msi /q

    This will install ESM for Vista silently, without the OS check.

  4. Copy all DLL´s file from C:\Progam Files(x86)\exchsrvr\bin to your \windows\syswow64\  Don’t overwrite any files that already exist!
  5. Copy  the \windows\system32\ntlsapi.dll from your Exchange Server to your \windows\syswow64\
  6. Then execute as in a command prompt as Administrator:regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\cdoexm.dll
    regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\exadmin.dll
  7. Run Exchange System Manager and you’re away!




  1. Hello,

    Well…I just wanted to say that you are “AWESOME”. Your instructions worked perfectly for me to setup Exchange System Manager on W2k28 R2 server that I am installing Blackberry Enterprise Server Express on.

    Thanks again!

    Comment by Melanie — March 4, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Hello.

    I am using your technique to try and install ESM on WIN2008 64-bit. I’m getting the following error.
    Acess Denied
    Facility: Win32
    ID no: c0070005
    Microsoft Active Directory-Exchange Extension.

    Any ideas how to proceed? Thanks for being Awesome!

    Comment by Vern — March 29, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  3. Nope. Doesn’t work. Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1 won’t install if Outlook is present. On to the next solution elsewhere….

    Comment by Mike Reilly — May 21, 2011 @ 5:33 am

  4. Thanks a lot – you saved my day!!!
    It worked – now lets install the Blackberry express…….

    Comment by tigger — June 10, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  5. Making the System Manager worked. Thank you.
    Any idea how to make the 4 Exchange tabs and Exchange Task options appear under Active Directory Users and Computers?

    Comment by George Ladani — August 11, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    • Hi George,

      From what I`ve seen and attempted, unfortunately not. The way I worked around it was to have a Win 2003 admin server with ADUC and ESM2003. I`ve now migrated to Exchange 2010 SP1, although there are still a couple of Ex2003 mailboxes to be migrated before we can remove Ex2003 from our infrastructure completely.

      Comment by internationalmanofawesome — August 11, 2011 @ 8:43 am

      • Thank you for the response. In my case I publish all the IT tools up on Citrix for everyone in IT to use and I’ve been migrating everything over to XenApp6 that only runs on W2K8R2 so this means that I have to leave the Citrix Presentaion Server 4.x environment up until we get off Exchange 2003 because we heavily rely on this for onboarding/offboarding user accounts. Thanks again.

        Comment by George Ladani — August 12, 2011 @ 8:17 am

      • I know this is really, really old but…

        Use C:\Windows\System32\dsa.msc /32 to run the 32-bit version of ADUC which will have the Exchange 2003 tabs and tasks.

        Comment by Adam — January 9, 2013 @ 1:38 am

  6. AWESOME – Thanks, works like a charm!

    Comment by John Packiam — August 18, 2011 @ 1:29 am

  7. You are awesome indeed!!! thanks man!

    Comment by Rodrigo — January 11, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  8. I figured out a way… Start Run MMC /32 Enter Add the Snap in for ADUC I guess it only works in 32bit Mode. Good luck!!

    Comment by Drizz — April 19, 2012 @ 3:44 am

  9. Excellent post and great direction. This solution worked perfectly.
    Thank you 🙂

    Comment by Adam — May 15, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

  10. Great post, helps quickly. Good job.

    Comment by Mac — June 20, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  11. Hi,

    thanks it worked great but my problem is that if i go to ADUC then i am not able to see exchange tasks. if i type mmc /32 and add ADUC snapp-in then it works but when i save that console and close and reopen then again i cant see exchange tasks. i should always open mmc with /32 switch and add ADUC snapp-in. i dont want like this.i always want to open with /32 switch. how can i do it ?

    Comment by Bhaskar — August 1, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    • Create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\dsa.msc /32

      Comment by Adam — January 9, 2013 @ 1:38 am

  12. Your post was very helpful. I actually really loved reading it.

    I like to have to try portray a few more games than I normally would which isn’t of the most productive thing I have ever done but irrespective thanks!

    Comment by de Barbie — October 21, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  13. I’m installing Quest MessageStats too. This helped me greatly. Thanks!

    Comment by Liam Grant — February 14, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

  14. Hello,

    I’m recieving the following error:

    ID no:c007007e
    Exchange System Manager.

    If i start mmc /32 then i got this error message.

    I can see Exchange System but can’t start it.

    Comment by Mitchel Post — March 2, 2013 @ 12:41 am

  15. Having problems with step 3 – extracting the msi file…. I used the msiexec /i esmvista.msi /q at the prompt where the .exe resides – what am i doing wrong….

    Comment by Ce-Ce — April 20, 2013 @ 1:32 am

  16. I got it….thanks

    Comment by Ce-Ce — April 20, 2013 @ 1:43 am

  17. Im able to install ADUC with the Exchange pains, but when Im creating a new user the page where I can create an Exchange mailbox everything is grayed out. (I can click next). I have tried with a domain admin user and a user that have Exchange View-Only Administrator. I have not installed Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1 because I have installed Outlook. What can be wrong?

    Comment by Ole Christian — October 9, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

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