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SMTP/delivery logs in Exchange 2003

Posted on 2005-05-05
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Last Modified: 2013-11-15
Where can i find these and whats the best way to analyse them ?

I want to be able to view the logs showing email leaving our network.  (contain the sender, rcpt, timestamp and mail server/tower it was delivered over to)

Question by:pbgormley
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Two things.

1. Message Tracking (built in to Exchange).
2. Quest Message Stats.

The combination of those two will provide you with all the statistics that you need.


Author Comment

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Can you explain a bit further please sembee ?

Ie setting up SMTP logging, any known issues/performance related etc ?
Quest Message Stats ?

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ID: 13950730
Message Tracking is a built in feature, but the reporting tools are not very good.
No known issues other than keeping too much data and running out of hard disk space.

To enable message tracking:
ESM, Admin Groups, <your admin group>, Servers. Right click on your server and choose Properties. Message tracking is on the first tab. Use the "Message Tracking Center" under tools to search.
I usually keep 7 days worth.

Quest Message Stats is a product from Quest. http://www.quest.com/ It is part of the Exchange tools. Spotlight on Exchange is another product of theirs which is also very good for troubleshooting.


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