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Exchange 2003 - SMTP Protocol Diagnostic Logging - User Authentication - Doesn't Work

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Various articles I have found here and on the web (e.g. http://www.amset.info/exchange/spam-cleanup.asp) suggest that setting the Exchange Server SMTP Protocol Diagnostic Logging Level to Maximum will cause ID 1708 events to be posted to the Application log reporting the SMTP authentication username and client PC. There doesn't seem to be much room for error, but I just cannot get this to work. Anybody got any idea what I might be doing wrong?
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Restart the MSExchange Transport service.

Then, test and see if the logging is working by trying to send email using SMTP authentication. It could be that authenticated SMTP is not the problem, thus you would not see any EventID 1708s.  

(Your Exchange server needs to be set up to do authenticated SMTP for any of this to work, of course)
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Kaffiend,

Thanks for your reply.

I restarted all the Exchange services. Sent messages with a non-Outlook SMTP client configured for SMTP Authentication through the server configured to require SMTP authentication. Still no 1708 events in the App log.
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I just noticed that the server logs Security events 538, 576, and 540 each time I send a mail message from my SMTP client. But still no App event 1708.
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Even Microsoft state that event should show.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/895853

Simon.
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Can either of you (Kaffiend or Mestha) or anyone else for that matter confirm that this actually works on another Win2K3/Exchange2K3 server?
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The article you are referring to in your original question I wrote. So I know it works.

Simon.
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Well, the E-E system keeps nagging me about this open question, but the fact is I never got to the bottom of it. My Exchange Server has NEVER logged event 1708, depite leaving the SMTP logging option at maximum for 6 months. All the clients are SMTP clients. There are no IMAP/Exchange clients. Nuts.
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Question unresolved after 6 months. Closing to stop the E-E system nag mail.
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