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Messages sent via Outlook Web Access appear in Chinese when sent to accounts on the hosting server

Posted on 2009-07-08
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Hi,

We have a site that provides email to several remote sites via Outlook Web Access. These remote users can send email fine to any address, except,  when they send to a user on the server providing the OWA they appear in a Chinese font. This is not just one remote station but several over several sites all using different ISP's

The server is running Windows Server 2003 sp2 and Exchange 2003 sp2, they also use Exclaimer 4.11 and the details and text that it adds to the email comes through fine. It's just the body of the mail that is in Chinese.

They also run GFI Mail Essentials v14 & Mail Security v10

It may be related but forcing the client to download the S-MIME control appears randomly to fix this for a day or so.... sometimes.

The server has the S-MIME hotfix applied to allow Vista  to use OWA.

I've included the mail headear of one such email in case it helps.


Microsoft Mail Internet Headers Version 2.0
Received: from mail pickup service by xxxx.xxxx.local with Microsoft SMTPSVC;
                 Tue, 7 Jul 2009 14:53:23 +0100
X-42A619D5316D9F69C6336F7056195F12: Internal
Priority: normal
References: <C5011E83D2827646B83F961768C3507707EF1F@xxxx.xxxx.local>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Importance: normal
Content-Type: application/ms-tnef;
                name="winmail.dat"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Class: urn:content-classes:message
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.3790.4325
Subject: RE: Chinese emails
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 14:52:42 +0100
PrevMsg-ID: <C5011E83D2827646B83F961768C3507707978A@xxxx.xxxx.local>
X-MS-Has-Attach: yes
X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: <C5011E83D2827646B83F961768C3507707978A@xxxx.xxxx.local>
Thread-Topic: Chinese emails
thread-index: Acn+S5pCwwCEnTaFSMOUqZ66199SUwAvpjiA
From: "Test Account" <xxxx@xxxx.xxx>
To: "Test Recipient" <xxxx@xxxx.xxx>
Message-ID: <xxx-xxp6fiPcQVjriLd00000af5@xxxx.xxxx.local>
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 07 Jul 2009 13:53:23.0453 (UTC) FILETIME=[4B47EAD0:01C9FF0A]
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Only with OWA? Not if you connect with IMAP through Outlook?
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I've looked into it a bit more and it appears that the following link solved the issue.
http://msexchangetips.blogspot.com/2006/07/owa-question-mark-included-in-outgoing.html

Apparently an application on the remote PC's regisitered it's own DLLs unregistering the IE ones. The above refers to question marks but this seemed to fix things, explains why it was so odd.
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