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Stop email delivery to all exchange mailboxes for a 24 hour period.

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We have a requirement to stop all email from being delivered for a period of 24 hours.

This includes inbound email from the internet and Mail between users located  on the same storage group.

The kicker is that we want to queue all of the sent email and deliver after the 24 hour period.

What is the best way to do this? Should we just disallow sending of email internally or allow the sending of email but Queue it up?

Thanks for your help!
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* For stopping sending emails to the internet, you can simply stop the SMTP virtual server on your SMTP Relay or else disable the connector to the internet.

* Regarding internal emails you can Freeze the local delivery queue for the required time period and later unfreeze it when you want to deliver the emails

Hope this helps (^_^)

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* Also you can freeze the connector specific queue which is directed to send out emails to the internet.

(^_^)

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Rudram,

Thanks for this.  Just a couple of questions:

When freezing the Local delivery queue, will this also stop email between storage groups or do I have to freeze all connectors? And where to the Queued message sit until unfrozen? I do not want to fill up a hard drive.

Will the  "disable Outbound mail" button on the Queue viewer do the trick?

And lastly, what about inbound emails, is there a way to queue inbound email as well, or do we simply need to stop the connector and let NDR's be sent back (not the best solution).
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