DigiScope Administrator Account (DSAdmin) Setup Tool

In order to access the production databases of an Exchange server, DigiScope needs to be able to use an administrative account with particular permissions assigned to it, with different permissions needed for interacting with different versions of Exchange.

The DigiScope Administrator Account Setup Tool makes creating such an administrative account quick and easy.  Simply run the tool on the Exchange server, and a new "DSAdmin" account will be created with all necessary permissions set.

ATTENTION: Previous versions of this utility created an account just named "DSAdmin".  To better support the different permissions requirements of different versions of Exchange, we have changed the autogenerated account name to be Exchange-version specific, as in "DSAdmin2013", "DSAdmin2010", "DSAdmin2007", etc.

If you have utilized a previous version of this utility and a plain "DSAdmin" account still exists, please delete that account and then run this utility to create a new Exchange-specific "DSAdminX" account.

In future, when connecting to production Exchange databases, only use the "DSAdminX" account that is specific to the version of Exchange that the server is running (e.g. "DSAdmin2007" for connecting to an Exchange 2007 Server).

To use the DSAdminUtility
  1. Locate the correct version of the tool's executable in DigiScope's "Utilities" directory.  By default, this will be "C:\Program Files\Lucid8\DigiScope\Utilities".  There are two versions of the tool:

  2. Copy the executable to the Exchange Server.

  3. On the Exchange Server, run DSAdminUtility.exe or DSAdminUtility 2013-2016.exe and fill in the dialog as follows...

    1. (Optional)  If your Exchange server's security groups are in a domain other than the local domain, select or type in the appropriate parent or child domain in the Exchange Account Domain box.  (If you are not sure, leave this at the default, which is the local domain.)

    2. (Optional)  Adjust the name of the Group Account that will be created to house the administrative account.  We recommend you leave this as "DSAdministrators" unless that name does not meet your organization's naming requirements.

    3. (Optional)  Select additional Exchange servers that should be told about these administrative accounts.  (Note that this can only be other Exchange servers that are running the same version of Exchange; the permission settings that need to be assigned to the DSAdmin account and DSAdministrators group are specific to each particular version of Exchange.)

    4. Enter and re-enter the password to use for the "DSAdmin" administrative account.

      NOTE: If you are re-running the DSAdminUtility after having already created the "DSAdmin" account previously, the option to set a password will be hidden by a small notice, saying that the account already exists.

      If you would like to change the password of a pre-existing DSAdmin account, use the usual "Active Directory Users and Computers" interface on a server in your environment.

    5. Set the Exchange database in which a mailbox should be created for the "DSAdmin" administrative account.

    6. (Optional)  If you would like additional users to be made "DSAdministrators",...

      1. Click the Load Administrative Users button and wait for the list below to be populated with detected user accounts.

      2. Check each user that you would like to be made a "DSAdministrator".  If the user does not already have a mailbox, you will need also to specify an Exchange database in which to create a new mailbox for that user.

    7. Under Generation, check each of the permissions in the I grant permission to... list.

  4. Once all required fields are filled, the bottom generation button will become enabled.  Click the Click here to set up the DigiScope┬« Administrator Account button to start the account generation process.

    A window will display at the bottom of the dialog, showing the progress of the process.

    When the process finishes, a message box will be displayed declaring the overall success or failure.

  5. NOTE:  It can take up to 24 hours to replicate the changes through Active Directory.  For immediate results either force replication on Active Directory or restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service.

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