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"intelligient" message filtering not working

I'm getting closer on getting this exchange server ironed out. Now I'm down to getting the users out from under a butt load of spam.  I've installed SP2 and Microsoft's 'intelligent' (is that a joke) message filtering.  I've set the block email SCL to 8 and junk email SCL to 4 and finally now to 2. But I never see anything in my junk email folder. Yet I'm getting plenty of spam right in my inbox. Is there something I'm missing on the client side?  By the way, most users don't even have a junk email folder in their PST file because they are using outlook PST stored on the workstation. What are my options to stop spam using this 'free' technology from Microsoft? And is there anyway to get this to work without having to go to every single workstation?

Thanks in advance!
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Reduce the SCL from 8 to say 6 if you are getting good amount of SPAM.

if you do not wish to use the junk email option, use the archive option and release emails manually if you find any good ones getting archived.

The IMF really does work if we configure it!!!

Have you enable the feature in both places?
It has to be enabled in Global Settings, Message Delivery AND it has to be enabled on the SMTP virtual server.

If your settings are down to 2, then I suspect that you don't have one of those enabled, or the feature has been set to report only.

Check the settings, then get perfmon configured to see what is actually happening.


I haven't seen IMF fail to detect anything yet.

The IMF enabling option is now pushed under the properties of the Default SMTP Virtual Server in Exchange 2003 SP2. I am sending a couple of articles on IMF except the deployment guide which you might already have ...  :)


IMF works Man !!!


<http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=876633> is a dead link. Ignore it

bizcrown101Author Commented:
You guys rule!!!

I'll be asking another question in a few minutes but I'll put it in a seperate thread.

Thanks a bunch!
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