Topic Last Modified: 2005-11-17

The Microsoft® Exchange Server Analyzer Tool queries the Active Directory® directory service to determine the value for the distinguishedName of each public folder store. In addition, the Exchange Server Analyzer queries Active Directory to determine the values for the siteFolderServer and msExchAdminGroupMode attributes of each administrative group. The siteFolderServer attribute represents the name of the server that is responsible for hosting the site folders (normally the first server in the site or administrative group). The msExchAdminGroupMode attribute represents the mode for the administrative group, which can be:

If the Exchange Server Analyzer determines that the administrative group is not in native mode, and the value for the siteFolderServer does not match the value for the distinguishedName of any public folder store, and the siteFolderServer attribute value does not contain the string, DEL:, a warning is displayed.

By default, the Site Folder Server is the first server that is installed in the administrative group. The public folder store on this server is the default location of the free/busy folders and offline address book folders for the administrative group. If you remove or decommission the Site Folder Server without replicating these folders to another server and designating that server as the offline address book server, Outlook users will see problems with the offline address book and with free/busy data.

If you incorrectly modify the attributes of Active Directory objects when you use Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) Edit, the LDP (ldp.exe) tool, or another Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) version 3 client, you may cause serious problems. These problems may require that you reinstall Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Exchange Server 2003, or both. Modify Active Directory object attributes at your own risk.

To correct this warning

  1. Open an Active Directory editor, such as ADSI Edit.

  2. Locate the public folder information store you want to designate as the Site Folder Server, by expanding the following: CN=<PublicFolderStoreName>, CN=<StorageGroupName>, CN=InformationStore, CN=<ServerName>, CN=Servers, CN=<AdministrativeGroupName> ,CN=Administrative Groups, CN=<OrganizationName>, CN=Microsoft Exchange, CN=Services, CN=Configuration,DC=<DomainName>,DC=com.

  3. In the right pane, right-click CN=<PublicFolderStoreName> and select Properties.

  4. In the Attributes field, scroll down and select the distinguishedName attribute.

  5. Click the Edit button, and then copy the entire attribute to the Clipboard.

  6. Expand the Configuration container, and then expand CN=Administrative Groups,CN=<OrganizationName>,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=<DomainName>,DC=com.

  7. Right-click the administrative group you want to modify and select Properties.

  8. In the Attributes field, scroll down and select the siteFolderServer attribute.

  9. Click the Edit button and paste the value for the distinguishedName attribute into the Value field.

  10. Double-check the contents of the Value field to ensure the paste was done correctly, and then click OK to save the change.

  11. Click OK to close the administrative group properties dialog box.

  12. Exit ADSI Edit and restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service on all Exchange Server computers in the site for the change to take effect.

For more information about re-creating system folders and resetting the Site Folder Server, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

For more information about using the LDP tool, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 260745, "XADM: Using the LDP Utility to Modify Active Directory Object Attributes" (

For more information about working with ADSI Edit, see the topic, "Adsiedit.msc: ADSI Edit" in Windows Server 2003 Help.