They say you learn something new every day.

I know a fair amount about Active Directory. But it turns out there’s a gap in my knowledge around exchange integration.

There’s a tool called Exchange System Manager that gives you some extra tabs in ADUC, that allows you to edit exchange properties.

The problem is, the software is only available for Vista, and fails to install on Windows 7 with an error, more or less saying, “Hey, you’re not Vista!”

The solution is to unpack the .exe file (using something like WinRAR or 7zip) to get to the msi. When there, you can install it using a switch:

ESMVISTA.MSI /qb

Some people say you only need /q but I need /qb

I was a little confused what this switch does, but it turns out it just switches off the UI, basically, bypassing the bit that says, “Hey, you’re not Vista!” and allowing it to install.

Bit of a hack, but pretty cool really. 

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