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I am trying to configure a Management Agent (MA) for Global Address List (GAL) sync in FIM 2010. I cannot move to the next step from "Configure GAL" because of an error message saying "It appears this forest is not exchange enabled". Nothing I change on "Configure GAL" step is changing this behavior.

I'am configuring a standalone test lab. I have a Windows 2008 R2 x64 Server, promoted to a DC and SQL 2008 SP1 installed, DNS is also running locally. I have tried to install Exchange 2010 and 2007, but there is no difference.

AD MA works fine.

Any ideas what did I screw up?


@Sam pointed out that i might actually did not install exchange, so I did it again now carefully reading messages. I have went through all the prerequisites and have an all green installation no even warnings. Oh man, it is not a straight forward setup.

It did not help, still the same effect, but I have noticed new message box "The LDAP service is unavailable" when entering the "Configure GAL" step. I can configure AD MA without errors and run sync on that, so LDAP should run ok.


I have used AD MA with Exchange enabled on "Extensions" setup step. Works ok, provisions contact and they are seen in GAL... while GAL MA has the same problems. Any thoughts?

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You say you have tried to install Exchange, did you succeed? If you have not installed exchange then you forest will not be Exchange Enabled – Sam Mar 15 '10 at 15:36
There were some warnings, but I did not need the Exchange (only the AD modification part) so i have ignored them. I'll do Exchange installation again, and check them up. – WooYek Mar 15 '10 at 16:46

I was having the exact same issue. I think installing the FIM 2010 updates (available through windows update) solved the issue.

I wrote the following as a summary:

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What i did was add the FQDN of the forest on the "Connect to Active Directory Forest" section of the GAL MA and used the full UPN of the user i.e Administrator@contoso.local and left the domain blank.. All then worked

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Thx, I'll check that out. – WooYek Apr 26 '10 at 8:29

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