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XCLN: Changing the Binding Order Of the Macintosh Client

Article ID: 172971

Article Last Modified on 10/28/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Client 4.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Exchange Client 5.0 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q172971


You can change the binding order of the Microsoft Exchange client for Macintosh by editing the Exchange Preference file.


The Exchange Preference file is located in System Folder/Extensions. Copy the file for safekeeping by using the Command-D keystroke combination.

WARNING: Using ResEdit incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Microsoft Exchange Client for the Macintosh. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of ResEdit can be solved. Use ResEdit at your own risk. Make a backup of your file before attempting to make changes.

Run ResEdit against the file, and open the STR# (Strings) resource. Open String ID 130 "Exchange provider." String 2 is the RPC binding order. Cut and paste to put NCACN_IP_TCP (TCP/IP) first in the binding order.

This change can often speed connection to the Exchange Server computer in strict TCP/IP environments. Also, by removing NCACN_AT_DSP (AppleTalk) you may prevent the Macintosh client from ever using AppleTalk for connecting to the Exchange Server computer.

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