Exchange PST Capture Tool released

Today the Exchange Team released the Microsoft Exchange PST Capture Tool (initial version 14.3.16.4). The tool can be used to discover and inject PST files in an Exchange 2010 Exchange Online mailbox or archive.

The tool was originally from Red Gate and known as PST Importer. It’s architecture consists of three components: the central service, agents for PST discovery, registration and collecting PST files and an administrative console

Courtesy: Red-gate

The online documentation can be found here.

Note that although it’s only supported for Exchange 2010 and Exchange Online, you can use it with Exchange 2007; it’s only untested (and probably unsupported) with that product.

You can read the official announcement here; you can download the tool and the agents here.

Port Query

Here is another real nice tool from Microsoft, it is portqueryui, the GUI version of port query. This toll becomes very handy in day to day operations. Using this toll also makes good understanding about ports being used by an application. If you did not download and played with portqueryui, go ahead and download it.

Some Ports need to be remembered

·         Protocol: LDAP

Port (TCP/UDP): 389 (TCP)

Description: Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), used by Active Directory

·         Protocol: LDAP

Port (TCP/UDP): 379 (TCP)

Description: The Site Replication Service (SRS) uses TCP port 379.

·         Port (TCP/UDP): 3268 (TCP)

Description: Global catalog. The Windows 2000 Active Directory global catalog (which is really a domain controller "role") listens on TCP port 3268. When you are troubleshooting issues that may be related to a global catalog, connect to port 3268 in LDP

·         Protocol: DNS

Port (TCP/UDP): 53 (TCP)

Description: Domain Name System (DNS) is at the heart of all of the services and functions of Windows 2000 Active Directory and Exchange 2000 Server. You cannot underestimate the impact that a DNS issue can have on the system. Therefore, when service issues arise, it is always good to verify proper name resolution.

·         Protocol: SMTP

Port (TCP/UDP): 25 (TCP)

Description: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, is the foundation for all e-mail transport in Exchange 2000 and 2003. The SMTP Service (SMTPSvc) runs on top of the IIS Admin Service. Unlike Exchange 2007. Exchange 2007 has its own SMTP stack and it is not part of IIS anymore. Microsoft finally rewrote the SMTP stack.