Outlook is trying to retrieve data problem...
Posted on 2007-09-29
Hi, we have installed a MS Exchange 2003 server with approximately 100 mailboxes. Our users keep reporting they are getting the message in Outlook saying outlook is trying to retrieve data from the ms exchange server. Most of our users are webmail users. Originally I thought it was a problem with the speeds of the hard drives, so I upgraded all the hard drives and installed three separate RAID cards. The new specs are...
System: IBM x3200 Server
CPU: 2 x 2Ghz
NIC: GB Nic
OS: Windows 2003 Server Std
Software: MS Exchange 2003 Enterprise Ed, no other applications or processes are running (no antivirus, emails are scanned via the Messagelabls service before they come to our server, both incoming and outgoing)
RAID CARD 1 (mirrored array w/2 Sata HDDs): OS (partition 1), Pagefile (partition 2)
RAID CARD 2 (mirrored stripped array w/4 Sata HDDs): Transaction Logs (partition 1), second partition is empty (partition 2)
RAID CARD 3 (mirrored stripped array w/4 Sata HDDs): Mailbox databases (partition 1), SMTP Queue and MTA Queue (partition 2)
The Exchange server is a domain controller and the GC. We do not currently use the domain for anything except the email. Our workstations are not on a domain and we will be moving the GC to a new domain controller this week.
The biggest problem with this message is it tends to slow down the workstations with outlook on it. Outlook freezes for a few seconds until the message goes away. I have been reading the numerous postings on this subject, but haven't found much to help. Any suggestions would be appreciated.