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Message tracking displays delivery delay and asterisks

Posted on 2007-11-28
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I have an Exchange 2003 Standard Edition server and a particular user gets the occasional delay when sending an email. It does eventually get delivered several hours later. When I use the message tracking center, the last line in the log for the message shows "Message transferred to (string of asterisks) through SMTP.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Message tracking shows the last line as what the SMTP header of the other server shows. If you are seeing a list of ********* then that is a Cisco PIX at the other end.

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by:alvareztg
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That's great, thanks for the info.

Do you have any idea why it would have taken several hours for the message to get delivered? Should I just assume the recipient's mail server was having issues? There was nothing else in the Message Tracking. At 11:54am when the user clicked send, the messaged reached the point of SMTP: Message Routed and Queued for Remote Deilvery. The next entry after that is at 3:04pm SMTP: Started Outbound Transfer of Message followed by the entry with a string of ***********

Thanks,

Anil.
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Not really.
There can be any number of reasons for a delay, including measures that are outside of your control. It could have been a problem with ISPs, connection, firewall etc. Could be their anti spam measures getting in the way.

Simon.
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Thanks for your help.

Anil.
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