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Viewing Headers

Posted on 2008-10-27
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I would like to know if there is a way to view the headers of messages in Exchange 2003.  We use Outlook 2003, but since our mail goes through Exchange, the headers are not populated in the Outlook client.  
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email headers are only visible for emails received outside Exchange due to the different ways emails are delivered. If it was a SMTP email it would show the headers in Outlook, but not if it was generated from an AD account and delivered via Exchange (MAPI) to another local AD account
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The problem message was sent from outside of Exchange, actually a spoofed message; however it was forwarded to our unit director, and then he forwarded it to me.  So if I read you right, if I looked at the header on the actual receiver's system, I would have been able to read the header, however since it was forwarded, the header information is lost due to exchange.
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Yes, you are correct. In that case you need to ask the unit director to keep the original message so you can come inspect the headers.
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Is there anyway to look at the message in Exchange itself?
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Thank you for the clarification.  Too bad there is no way to look at the actual headers and message without opening the message.
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Not really, unless you use a 3rd party email archive solution, such as GFI Mail Archiver http://www.gfi.com/mailarchiver/
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