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How can I view email sent to a distribution list which has no members?

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I have a distribution list in Exchange 5.5 that has no members listed. How do I go about checking to see what emails were sent to it?
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Top Expert 2006

Commented:
you can use message tracking to see what all emails were sent to the DL.
an email sent to a DL with no members is simply lost. you cannot see or check that mail.

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Commented:
You you explain how I can use message tracking?
Top Expert 2006
Commented:
open exchange administrator program
click on the tools menu
click on track message
a box comes up to select the exchange server name.
type the exchange server name or click on browse and select it
a new window comes up where you can select the sender's and receiver's name from the GAL
in your case you can select the DL's name in the receiver's box and then click on start

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I have a message that states:

Log files are created each day only if message tracking has been enabled and messages are sent during the specific day. The system cannot find the file specified.

Would I be correct in assuming that message tracking is not turned on?
Top Expert 2006

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yes, you are correct.
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Message tracking will only show you the headers of the messages - a group with no members is a black hole. You will not be able to see the actual messages.

Simon.

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I have that feeling that there in a black hole somewhere too. I'll see if anyone else responds.
see if anyone else responds? what kind of a response are you looking for?

as simon says, a DL with no members is a black hole. Message tracking will not show you actual message content, and message tracking is only good from the time it's turned on > forward. It won't help you at all on anything that was sent prior to being turned on.

By 'black hole', we mean that the messages are gone, and there is no way to get them back.

kris.
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