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XADM: Error Message While Exmerge Is Reading Server Recipients List

Article ID: 250576

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q250576


When you run the Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Merge program (Exmerge.exe) at a computer on which Microsoft Outlook 2000 is installed, the following error message may be displayed and logged in the application event log:

Error encountered reading list of recipients on server 'SERVERNAME.' Make sure you have Admin permissions on the Private Information Store object. Please refer to the 'C:\Exmerge.log' file for more information.


This issue occurs because when you install Outlook the full-featured Mapi32.dll file is renamed to Msmapi32.dll and moved to the Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\Locale ID\operating system folder. A new stub Mapi32.dll file is added to the System32 folder to point applications to the correct Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) configuration.

However, the Exchange Mailbox Merge program needs direct access to the full-featured version of the Mapi32.dll file.


To resolve this issue, copy the full-featured Mapi32.dll file from the System32 folder of an Exchange Server computer, or of any computer on which Microsoft Outlook 98 is installed, to the folder that contains the Exmerge.exe file. After you copy the full-featured Mapi32.dll file to the folder that contains the Exmerge.exe file, the Mailbox Merge program uses the full-featured Mapi32.dll file in the local folder and runs successfully.

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