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Exchange 2003 sp2 on server 2003 sp1, all updates.  When I reboot my server, it will send out a bunch of old emails, some can be several months old.  The first time this happened was about a year ago, I had been archiving IMF emails and had forgotten until the server slowed way down.  I cleaned it up and set it to delete instead of archiving and reboot, and a lot of all emails were sent out.  Since then I have rebooted a couple of times and both times I have users who recieve old email.  Thanks  
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Do you have any anti-virus or anti-spam on this server?
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I guess I forgot that part.  Yes, I have Trend Micro for exchange, and I did cross that one a while back, so now I have set it to delete after 7 days.  That was the first thing I checked.  So to be more precise, I keep the badmail folder empty, the IMF filter empty, and I set trend Micro to delete after seven day.  I just went in manually and cleaned it out.  
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the badmail folder is no longer used in exchange 2003 sp1+

The reason I asked about anti-virus is that I had exactly the same problem recently - rebooting the server sends out a heap of old emails, even though there is nothing in the queues.

I was hoping you were going to say that it was a symantec product, but either way, that is where I would be looking now.

How to actually test this, I am not sure - perhaps uninstalling trend micro, and then reinstalling with the latest version from their website and see if the problem resolves itself (reboot it in a few days)
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That's funny that you say that about the badmail folder.....I've always heard how you have to keep it clean, and how it can bring your server to it's knees.  I went from exchange 2000 to exchange 2003 sp2, once on 2003 with sp2 I've never had anything in my badmail folder.....but I always check it.  I guess I can stop checking it.  Did you get yours fixed?
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The badmail folder used to cause problems, which is why they dont use it anymore :)

I got mine fixed by uninstalling the antivirus (and obviously beefing up AV at the desktop side).  It is not ideal, but I had to test it - so far so good.

From there, I am going to move AV and Anti Spam from the exchange server and onto a gateway server - this isnt going to happen for about a month so, when the new server arrives.
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Good luck with that, I'm going to leave the question open for the rest of today, I'll then close it.  Thanks for your input.
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