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Program configuration for Exchange 2000

Notes:
This program is not a stand-alone news reader. Instead of the usual direct connection between your news reader and our news server, Exchange acts as as proxy between these two. In order to read and write articles you will have to configure a news reader of your own choice. You will find advice on that at the end of this guide.

The following guide uses screenshots of the German version. Good luck!

The described configuration required a local modification of our news server software. You can not expect that these instructions will work on a different server.

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

1
Log into Windows as Administrator and start the "Microsoft Exchange System-Manager".

The following guide has two major sections. From step #2 on you will set up or modify your local news server. Beginning with step #3, you will configure a "newsfeed" for that server to exchange articles between Exchange and our server.

In general you will not want to install more than server on your system. Therefore your only task is to modify the "Virtueller NNTP-Server" that is installed by default as described from #2 on.

Start Microsoft Exchange System Manager

If you really want to install a second server, right-click NNTP and Neu / Virtueller NNTP-Server:

Virtual NNTP Server - Installation

A typical assistant will ask for further data like the name of that server ...

Virtual NNTP server assistant - server name

... its IP address and the port:

Virtual NNTP server assistant - address and port

Follow the assistent's instructions. In general, proceed as you did for the already present server. The required settings depend a lot on your local system, therefore we cannot show further examples here.

However, make sure the configuration matches the data described as follows.

2
You can view and change the settings of the already existing NNTP server by right-clicking the name of that server (here: "Virtueller NNTP-Server"), then Eigenschaften.

Virtual NNTP server - Settings

A new window opens where you can view the settings:

Virtual NNTP server - Configuration

It is important that you choose a unique identification for your server in Pfad für Header. Usually this is the internet name of your server.

It depends on your local environment and your personal preferences if you wish to limit the number of connections or logging and log format.

Click the Zugriff tab.

Access tab

Your settings here must assert that only authorized users have access. The exact configuration depends on your local environment. If you have enabled "anonymous access" by clicking Authentifizierung and checking Anonyme Verbindung zulassen in the following mask, make sure there is an access control in any way, either by IP address or by domain name.

Authentication

Do this by clicking Verbindung.

Access tab - connection

and configure in the following window which computers should be granted access and which not.

Connection properties

Finally, select the Einstellungen tab.

Settings tab

Check both Beiträge von Clients veröffentlichen and Beiträge von Newsfeeds veröffentlichen. We recommend to limit the article size of clients to 100 KB.

The fields in the lower part of that window do not require settings for operation with our server.

Click OK to finish the configuration of the NNTP server.

3
In the next step you will set up a new newsfeed. Right-click Newsfeeds and select Neu / Newsfeed...:

Setting up a new newsfeed

The "Assistent für neue NNTP-Feeds" will guide you through the following questions. In the first window

New newsfeed setup - server name

enter the name of our server: News.CIS.DFN.DE and click Weiter.

New newsfeed setup - remote server type

Select Peer as "Type of remote server". Click Weiter for the next window:

New newsfeed setup - feed settings

Check all three Boxes as seen in the picture and click Weiter.

New newsfeed setup - date

Exchange suggests to pull articles from the current date on. In general this is a good idea. Confirm by clicking Weiter. In the next step you will subscribe to your preferred groups:

Assistent fo new NNTP-Newsfeeds - remove *

You should remove "*" and add only those groups you wish to read. Click Entfernen, then Hinzufügen.

Add newsgroup

Click OK to confirm. After that you will see the list of groups you are subscribed to.

List of subscribed groups

Of course you can modify that list at a later time. Click Fertig stellen to complete the initial configuration of the newsfeed.

4
Some more tuning is required, though. Select Newsfeeds on the left panel of the System manager window, then right-click the newly created newsfeed News.CIS.DFN.DE.

Newsfeed - properties

Click Einstellungen to make the final settings.

Properties - final settings

Important: Make sure the "Eindeutige Pfad-ID" is not as suggested by Exchange. The correct value is uni-berlin.de. Do the according correction.

On the Abonnements tab you can view and change the list of subscribed newsgroups.

Subscriptions tab

In Zeitplan you can configure how often your Exchange server will contact our news server.

Schedule tab

To limit your and our ressources you should not set the interval to less than 90 minutes.

We discourage to check "Newsfeed automatisch deaktivieren (...)" since connection attempts might fail for different reasons for a longer time. An automated de-activation might remain undiscovered on your side and the flow of articles will be interrupted.

The final step is to enter the data for validation on our news server. Select the Sicherheit tab.

Security tab

Check Standard Authentifizierung (unverschlüsselt) and enter in Benutzername (username) and Passwort (password) the account details you have received them from us.

Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at http://news.cis.dfn.de/faq.html#1.6.

It is not necessary to enter a password if your institution is a member of the institutional access scheme (Anwenderzulassung) and you are accessing the server from your institution's network.

Click OK to finish the newsfeed configuration.

5
Now you can use a news reader of your own choice to connect to Exchange. You can refer to our configuration guides but you will have to enter the hostname of the Exchange server instead of News.CIS.DFN.DE. If the news reader runs on the same host as Exchange, you can also use "localhost" (without quotes). No username or password are required.


 

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