Instant Messaging

Create a Home Server

Instant Messaging home servers host Instant Messaging user accounts and communicate directly with clients to send and deliver instant messages and presence information.

To create a home server:

  1. Start System Manager
    On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, and then click System Manager.
  2. Navigate to the Protocols folder for the physical server on which you want to create the Instant Messaging home server.


    1. Server_name
    2. Protocols
  3. Right-click Instant Messaging (RVP), click New, and then click Instant Messaging Virtual Server. This starts New Instant Messaging Virtual Server Wizard.
  4. As you step through the wizard, provide the following information:
  5. DNS domain name should display the domain name to which the home server will respond. Use the default domain name.

    If the home server also performs routing functions (a one-machine installation for a small business that has Instant Messaging connectivity to the Internet), change the default domain name to the Instant Messaging domain name (for example, For other situations that require changing the domain name, you may need to first create a new IIS virtual server and specify the new domain name as the host header name of that virtual server. For more information, see the IIS online documentation.

  6. Select Allow this server to host user accounts, and then click Next.
  7. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

Note   If the DNS domain name used in step 4 is not DNS-resolvable (if you created an IIS virtual server with a new domain name), you need to create the necessary DNS resource records, including a host address (A) record for the home server, to ensure that the domain name is resolvable by DNS.

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