MAPI Connections - can I list all connections in one place on Exchange 2003?

Posted on 2008-10-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have an exchange server (Active/Passive Cluster) servicing approximately 500 users in the business.  It hosts our primary Public Folder store, and 24 Mail Stores across 4 storage groups.  We have built it this way as we have multiple profiles of users who need different policies applied to their mail retention, etc.

I know that I can go in and view the active connections at the Mail Store level under logons and that all users will probably have multiple connections to both their individual mail boxes AND the public folder store.  However, as my al;erting and monitoring product is showing that over 3.5k connections are currently active I need to either find a location in System Manager that will give me the "Global" log on details, what each user is connected to, which client they are using (Client Software Version AND Workstation Client), or I need to generate a report out of the system to give me these details in a meaningful format.

Are there any basic tools to help me do this, or is this information just not available in Exchange 2003 in this rolled up or exportable format?
Question by:r_halls
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If it is just connections to your server, then you can use simple command netstat -an   at command prompt, will show you all connections to ur server.


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Thanks for this, however I had already gone through this step in order to find the connections at this basic level.  These seem fine, especially after doing a count and finding that the network connections are opening and dropping off in an acceptable way.

What I actually need is a dump of the user connections from within Exchange System Manager iteslf.  Exchange seems to be holding open connections for each user after the network connection has closed.

From within ESM I can go into the individual Mail Stores and see that multiple users are accessing common mailboxes, users are accessing their own mail boxes multiple times, and the system connectors are all running properly.  I can also get the client version of the software that they are using.
Going into each store and doing this, then exporting this data to excel, and then doing some sorting is taking ages.
All I need is a single view of all active connections, in the same way as the ESM displays it, that is then exportable at a single point in time.  
Any ideas?

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manu4u earned 250 total points
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That tool will do the following

Use the Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor to gather real-time data to better understand current client usage patterns, and to plan for future work. Administrators can view several items, including IP addresses used by clients, versions and modes of Microsoft Office Outlook, and resources such as CPU usage, server-side processor latency, and total latency for network and processing with Outlook 2003 version MAPI.

Author Comment

ID: 22833019
This is exactly the tool I was after.  It will give me the details that I need to find out who, what, and where.  The why is the interesting bit that I shall now get on with fully armed.
Thanks for all your help.

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