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Exchange 2007 Toolbox Shortcuts

A while ago I wrote a blog posting about creating a custom MMC which contained the Exchange 2007 Management Console, public folders, queue viewer and ADUC. This made them easier to find instead of going through the Toolbox in EMC. (http://blog.sembee.co.uk/archive/2007/11/06/60.aspx)

However you can create shortcuts for each of the icons in the toolbox and put them in the start menu to allow direct access.
The paths to the toolbox items are in the registry in the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\v8.0\AdminTools\Toolbox

The icons, for when you create the shortcuts, can be found in this file:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\Microsoft.Exchange.Management.NativeResources.dll

Create a new shortcut in the usual way, and paste the path exactly as shown. If you have installed Exchange application in a different location then you may have to adjust the path to match your environment.

Once the shortcut has been created, right click on it and choose Properties. Then choose change icon and select the icon that you want to use.

These shortcuts work on both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 and also work with SBS 2008.

Full List of Shortcuts

Here is the full list of the toolbox items, including their paths.

  • Best Practises Analyzer
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExBPA.exe"
  • Exchange Performance Monitor
    mmc "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExchPrf.msc"
  • Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe"
  • Database Recovery Management
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe" -AS -PS LaunchDatabaseRecoveryManagement
    (Icon available simply by pressing "Change icon")
  • Mail Flow Troubleshooter
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe" -AS -PS LaunchMailflowTroubleshooter
    (Icon available simply by pressing "Change icon")
  • Database Troubleshooter
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe" -AS -PS LaunchDatabaseTroubleshooter
    (Icon available simply by pressing "Change icon")
  • Message Tracking
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe" -AS -PS LaunchMessageTracking
    (Icon available simply by pressing "Change icon")
  • Performance Troubleshooter
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\ExTRA.exe" -AS -PS LaunchPerformanceTroubleshooter
    (Icon available simply by pressing "Change icon")
  • Public Folder Management Console
    mmc "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\Public Folder Management Console.msc"
  • Routing Log Viewer
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\RoutingView.exe"
  • Queue Viewer
    mmc "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\Exchange Queue Viewer.msc"
    (Uses the same icon as the Routing Log Viewer, so use change icon and browse to the Routing Log Viewer executable location.)
  • Exchange Details Templates Editor
    mmc "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\Details Templates Editor.msc"

Update March 17th 2009.
I have removed the download of the tools shortcut because of the prompt you get from Windows when trying to run files downloaded from the internet - each time you start the shortcut. You should create your own shortcuts instead.  

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