Parallels H-Sphere Documentation Administrator Guide


MS Exchange Hosting

(version 2.5 and up)

Related Docs:   Preparing Servers for MS Exchange Hosting MS Exchange Hosting (User Guide)

Last modified: 25 Dec 2007


WARNING: This documentation covers Parallels H-Sphere versions up to 3.1. For the latest up-to-date Parallels H-Sphere documentation, please proceed to the official Parallels site.

According to, "Exchange Server, the Microsoft messaging and collaboration server, is software that runs on servers that enables you to send and receive electronic mail and other forms of interactive communication through computer networks. Designed to interoperate with a software client application such as Microsoft Outlook, Exchange Server also interoperates with Outlook Express and other e-mail client applications."

H-Sphere 2.5 and up integrates MS Exchange Server hosting. At the admin level, a special MS Exchange plan is provided. Users signed up for this plan are enabled to manage MS Exchange mailboxes, SMTP domains and distribution lists.


1. Prepare Servers for MS Exchange Hosting

Before configuring MS Exchange in CP, you must prepare Windows boxes for MS Exchange hosting.


2. Enable MS Exchange Hosting in H-Sphere Global Resources

MS Exchange hosting is globally disabled by default. Enable it in Plans -> Globals, under the Hosting Platforms section:


3. Configure Microsoft Provisioning Framework

Go to MS Exchange in the E.Manager menu:


  • URL: the URL to access MS Exchange provider server via HTTP. It has the following format:


    where <netbios_domain_name> is Active Directory domain's NetBIOS name, <login> and <password> are login and password of a Domain Administrators Group member, <mpf.server.address> is MPF server address.

  • Primary Domain Controller: domain name of the primary domain controller server
  • LDAP: standard LDAP path to the reseller organization unit (reseller unit in terms of H-Sphere users will sign up for MS Exchange hosting plan). Here, OU stands for "Organization Unit", DC=domain_name_part1,DC=domain_name_part2, .... (See Creating Reseller Organization Unit in Sysadmin Guide for details.)


4. Configure MS Exchange Plan

  1. Go to Create in the Plans menu and create a plan under Hosted Exchange Plan Wizard.
  2. In Plans -> Manage, turn Signup Access ON for the newly created MS Exchange plan. After this, users can sign up for this plan and manage MS Exchange hosting in H-Sphere under their user CP accounts.

Read also how to import custom MS Exchange mailing plans into H-Sphere.

Related Docs:   Preparing Servers for MS Exchange Hosting MS Exchange Hosting (User Guide)

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