There are more than 900 Administrative Groups in your Exchange organization
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Topic Last Modified: 2006-04-21
The Microsoft® Exchange Server Analyzer Tool queries the Active Directory® directory service to determine the number of administrative groups that are present in the Exchange organization. If the Exchange Server Analyzer finds more than 900 administrative groups, a warning message is displayed.
It is recommended that you have a maximum of 900 instances for any single Exchange object type. This is because Active Directory defaults to 1,000 as the maximum page size that it returns for any given request. This means that if a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) request is made for an object, and more than 1,000 instances of that object exist in Active Directory, no results will be returned because the maximum page size is exceeded.
In the case of Exchange, various processes request instantiation of specific object types. For example, Exchange System Manager makes an LDAP request to Active Directory to create a list view of all administrative groups within the Exchange organization. If there are more than 1,000 administrative groups, Active Directory will not return any results. As a result, an error is displayed in Exchange System Manager, and no administrative groups are displayed.
Although the maximum page size value for Active Directory can be increased, this is not recommended or supported for Exchange. Odd behavior and failures have been exposed in Exchange environments where the maximum page size value has been increased.
Although the recommendation is to remain at or below 900 for any single object type in Exchange, up to 1,000 object types are supported.
To remedy this issue, consider consolidating your administrative groups.
For more information about consolidating Exchange sites and administrative groups, see:
- Deploying a Worldwide Site Consolidation Solution for Exchange Server 2003 at Microsoft (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=33531)