This error occurs when trying to view Public Folders in the Exchange System manager when he SSL certificate name differs between the FQDN and the local server name. The Exchange System Manager will not allow you to view the public folders as it believes the folder name to be incorrect.
This can be resolved using a front-end, back-end scenario, but what if you are stuck with a single Exchange server (ie. SBS) in your environment?
On following a few blogs and sites, the solution seems to be to remove SSL requirement for that particular folder in the IIS Manager. This didn’t work for me though – and I found a lot of people out there with unresoved issues on Experts Exchange etc.
The end solution was to use the ADSIEdit utility to manually stop the Exchange System Manager from using SSL.
The steps are as follows:
1) Install the ADSIEdit Utility (one of the Windows Server 2003 Support tools) from your SBS2003 CD (CD2) using suptools.msi
2) Run a Microsoft Management console (Start->Run->MMC)
3) Open the ADSIedit.msc (browse to the Support Tools folder)
4) Browse through to
Configuration > Services > Microsoft Exchange > Domain Name > Administrative Groups > First Administrative Group > Servers > Servername > Protocols > HTTP > 1 > Exadmin
5) Right click msExchSecureBindings, and click Properties
6) Highlight :443: and click Remove
7) Click OK
8) Restart the Exchange System Attendant and the IIS Admin service
Exchange system manager will now no longer try to use SSL when connecting to the service.