When you are launching the Exchange Server 2010 management console you may receive the following error message.

Initialization Failed: The Operation Couldn’t Be Completed Because a Change Occurred in the Remote Forest

The Operation Couldn't Be Completed Because a Change Occurred in the Remote Forest
Initlalization Failed error message launching Exchange 2010 management console

This error can occur when the server the management console is connecting to has been upgraded to a higher Service Pack or Update Rollup version than the server or workstation that you are launching the management console from.

To resolve the issue upgrade your management server or workstation to the same version as the Exchange servers in your organization.

About the Author

Paul Cunningham

Paul is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul no longer writes for Practical365.com.


  1. Dorian Stanley

    Hey Paul,

    I have check versions and service packs and they appear to be aligned properly yet I am still getting the error. What would you suggest?

  2. Hedel

    Could you add little more detail for the reader not only know why, but how solve the problem?
    For example, run
    c:Get-Command EXSetup | %{$_.FileVersionInfo}
    in server and management PC for get the version and know what they must update.
    Or in the EMC, click in Help -> About Exchange Server 2010 for get the version info.
    After go to http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/240.exchange-server-and-update-rollup-build-numbers.aspx for find the necessary update.
    Thanks for share your posts 😉

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