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XIMS: Active.lst file Is Not Supported in Exchange 2000 Server NNTP Service

Article ID: 251799

Article Last Modified on 2/21/2007


  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q251799


Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 and 5.5 allow you to import newsgroups for a particular news feed through what is known as an Active file. This Active file is provided by the Usenet hub, or you create one using Telnet. Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server NNTP service does not support imports from this file.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server.


To add newsgroups to which you would like to subscribe:

  1. Use a text editor such as Notepad to create a file with the following lines:

    215 start

    Save this file. You will use it in conjunction with the Rgroup.vbs utility. In this example, Newsgroup1 through Newsgroup3 are the names of the newsgroups to which you want to subscribe. You can list only one newsgroup on each line, but the list can contain as many lines as you want.
  2. Verify that the Rgroup.vbs file exists in the following folder.


  3. To add the newsgroups, run the Rgroup.vbs script with the following parameters, where [filename] is the text file saved in the previous step:

    rgroup.vbs -t l -a [path to the filename]. Example: rgroup.vbs -t l -a C:\active.txt.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server.

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