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Outgoing Message Queue Cleanup

Posted on 2003-11-06
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Well... we obviously got hit with relay emailing.  The message queue is chucked full... and can only delete 10,000 emails at a time... I have been 6 hours deleting 90,000 emails.  Is there a faster way to delete these from the queue AND any way of knowing HOW MANY emails are in this????
Thanks for your help.
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Question by:limo-nadine
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by:Makr_Watson27
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You can try a Custom Filter on your Messages Waiting to be routed queue:

Expand your Server - Protocols - SMTP - SMTP Server - Queues
Right click Messages Waiting to be routed and select Custom Filter
Choose Delete (no NDR) for the Action
Choose Select all messages
Click OK

Hope this helps
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Bembi earned 63 total points
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Have a look at the file based queues, i.e. EXSRVDIR\MailRoot\vsi 1 or similar, there you may able to delete the queue, but take care, that you delete no real mails (may be the size helps).
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by:David Wilhoit
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Pause the SMTP VS, that will allow all queues to flush out. However, it will stop mailflow during this time.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;251087


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by:charles_2003
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Delete the mails direct from programfiles/exchsrvr/mailroot/vs1/queue. Search within the directory for "postmaster" in the content to delete NDRs. Search for other tell tale contents like specific from domains and to domains to delete rouge emails. This should clear most of the mails in the queue.
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