No messages enter Mail Queues in Exchange

Posted on 2004-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have just finished joining a second DC to an exisitng Windows 2003 sbs domain controller.  It seems that right after the new server joined the domain that exchange quit working on me.  All the clients seem to conect to exhange and it seems like they are sending and receiving but the inbound and outbound queues are staying empty.  any ideas??

Question by:ANSOCF
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    If you see Exchange queues building then that normally indicates something is wrong. Exchange deals with the emails as soon as they arrive - you will rarely see the queues actually change to reflect this. The queues display is just a snapshot in time as well.
    Have you sent a test message out of the network (Yahoo or Hotmail account for example) or sent one in? Is it received ok?

    Users will usually complain pretty quickly if email stops flowing. I think my record is around 15 minutes before someone calls to ask if email is ok.


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    I ended up doing a reinstall of exchange and everything started working.  thank you for the reply.  

    Here is what was happening for others out there,
    the queues will get filled up and then empty out right away just like everything was working.  The clients didn't get any type of a kick back message indicating an error.  Same thing when an outside client would be sending e-mails inside, they would not get an error message.  I just finished doing a reinstallation of windows share point services and the intranet.  Then I rejoined a 2003 server back to the domain and that seemed to have started all the issues.  Even after a dcpromo /forceremoval the exchange didn't work thats when I decided to reinstall exchange.


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