Stopping Exchange 2000 NDR's....

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I run Exchange 2000 SP3, W2K SP3 in native mode.

I have a long list of people that have left the company in the last few years or so...  Some of these users still get hundreds of spam emails.  Is there any way to set up a list of people of the Exchange server that it will not send NDR's for?  

Example: John Doe... the server recieves an email destined for his old email address which is no longer in AD as we have deleted his account.  Currently Exchange sends an NDR (thereby telling all spammers out there his account is active just because they've had some sort of action on his email...and send more junk his way).  I'd like a way to have Exchange check the list and if he is on it, NOT send the NDR.  Is there any way to do that?


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I wouldn't mind being shown how to simple turn specific NDR's off...
To prevent NDR from being sent for these specific messages, create a distribution group with no members. Add the email addresses of the former employees on the Email Addresses tab of the group. The messages sent to these addresses will now be turfed and an NDR will not be generated.

the only way u can add this email addresses to distribution  group is if u had a user.according to
elizaleah their name is already been deleted.The only way
for this to work is to recreate those accounts and disable
them so only their email will be active.I dont think elizalea wants to do it.You cant win with these guys.they are probably working for the same companies who make all
the greate anti-spam softwares.What u need is to find a
third party software that would check all the incomming
mail against ur active directory and if no recepient found
redirect it to a public folder so u can seta  rule so they
can be deleted immediately.I am sure someone has a solution
for u .
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You can do this very easily. All you need is some kind of account in Exchange that has an e-mail address. This can be a current user, a distribution group with e-mail enabled, or create a new user called something like OldEmployees.

For example, if you create a new user called OldEmployees and mail-enable this account, you can go in to Active Directory Users and Computers and right click the user and select properties. From this screen, select the E-Mail Address Tab. From there, New, and then SMTP Address. In the e-mail address field, enter in the email address of the deleted user. Add as many SMTP addresses to this account as you require. Any mail delivered to those addresses will go to the e-mail box for OldEmployee.

I like to use this method and add the old employees e-mail address assigned to a mail-enabled public folder, then you can get to the mail and purge it eaisly without opening an outlook session with a particular user... Give it a try...

I'm not talking about adding the address as a member of the group, I'm talking about adding the address as an actual address of the group, by adding it to the E-Mail Addresses tab. I use this method on my system and it works great.

gswsloanpcm's method would work if you want to keep copies of all the messages and go through them for some reason. I'm guessing you don't want to keep copies of spam. My method will automatically turf the messages and NOT send an NDR.


I think jjmck's solution is best, i think. gssloanpcm's would work, but I have no interest whatsoever in seeing that mail, just deleting it.  I will try out jjmck's solution and give some feedback after.



It works beautifully and exactly what I was looking for!  Thank you much for your input!


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