Data is unavailable, Microsoft Exchange On-Premises
This is my first deployment of Exchange Server 2010. After Installing Microsoft Exchange Server on Windows Server 8, I access the Exchange Management Console, and then connect to Microsoft Exchange On-Premises. I am told that data is unavailable and that I should "click here to access the latest data". Upon doing this MMC crashes and gives me the following error: FX:{A5406CA3-6393-48a0-8827-CF06F0C94C55} Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Exception type: System.NullReferenceException Exception stack trace: at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemManager.WinForms.AutomatedDataHandlerBase.CreateColumn(DataTable table) at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemManager.WinForms.AutomatedDataHandler..ctor(Assembly resourceContainedAssembly, String resourceName, WorkUnit[] workUnits) at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SnapIn.Esm.GatherOrganizationalInformationDataHandler..ctor() at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SnapIn.Esm.GatherOrganizationalInformationWizardForm..ctor() at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SnapIn.Esm.ShowGatherOrganizationalInformationWizardFormCommandAction.CreateWizardForm() at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemManager.WinForms.ShowWizardCommandAction.InternalCreateWizardForm() at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemManager.WinForms.ShowWizardCommandAction.OnExecute() at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SnapIn.Esm.StartPageLink.Invoke() at System.Windows.Forms.LinkLabel.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Label.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam) Under Server Manager I have and error/warning saying that MSExchangeTransport Service is Stopped. This may or may not be related to the issue. If someone could shed some light on this error and how to overcome it, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
April 5th, 2012 9:06am

Please install Exchange onto a supported Operating System - they are listed here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx One of the following: 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard with Service Pack 2 (SP2)64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with SP264-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP164-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RTM or laterWindows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later Installing onto Windows server "8" is not supported. Cheers, Rhoderick NOTICE: My posts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose
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April 5th, 2012 8:52pm

Alright thank you for the reply! I will just have to wait for the new release of exchange server, preferably one that allows IPv6 with IPv4 disabled. Is exchange server 2012 available? *EDIT* Let me rephrase the question. Is an equivalent of MS Exchange Server available for windows Server 8? Upon reading this http://exchangeserverpro.com/installing-exchange-server-2010-windows-server-8 . It states that I can still configure exchange server through the Shell, but not the management console. This is what I will do, although am unfamiliar with the cmdlets. Also I did not have to do any of the special steps that he has to install, just ran the installer and everything went smoothly (minus the console).
April 6th, 2012 9:43am

Alright thank you for the reply! I will just have to wait for the new release of exchange server, preferably one that allows IPv6 with IPv4 disabled. Is exchange server 2012 available? *EDIT* Let me rephrase the question. Is an equivalent of MS Exchange Server available for windows Server 8? Upon reading this http://exchangeserverpro.com/installing-exchange-server-2010-windows-server-8 . It states that I can still configure exchange server through the Shell, but not the management console. This is what I will do, although am unfamiliar with the cmdlets. Also I did not have to do any of the special steps that he has to install, just ran the installer and everything went smoothly (minus the console). *NOTE* Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Installed without issue, SP2 fails and says Server 8 is an unsupported OS. Hub Transport Role must be installed last for it to install correctly.
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April 6th, 2012 4:42pm

Please watch the Exchange team blog for updates on the next version of Exchange. www.msexchangeteam.com Cheers, Rhoderick NOTICE: My posts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.
April 9th, 2012 7:20am

Please watch the Exchange team blog for updates on the next version of Exchange. www.msexchangeteam.com Cheers, Rhoderick NOTICE: My posts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.
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April 9th, 2012 7:20am

Please watch the Exchange team blog for updates on the next version of Exchange. www.msexchangeteam.com Cheers, Rhoderick NOTICE: My posts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.
April 9th, 2012 7:21am

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