Exchange 2003 Queue on VMWare filling up

Posted on 2010-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi All,

I've setup an Exchange 2003 server that is a replica of our production Exchange server in a VMWare workstation environment.  It all works fine and I can connect other VM machines to it via Outlook and send mail between them (Internally).  The only problem is that the queue in C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot\vsi 1 keeps filling up with mail.  Does anyone know how I can stop this happening?  Al I want is to be able to send and receive internally without this folder filling up the VM machines hardrive!

Any help appreciated, thanks.
Question by:robclarke41
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by:Shabarinath Ramadasan
ID: 33723066
In the ESM, Did you see any queue?
If so, search for the mails and subject line.

Also, suggest you to have diagnosis logging for MSExchangeTransport to get a more detailed view.

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ID: 33723088
Well its a virtual machine in an isolated test environment so there shouldn't be any mails being sent?

How would I setup diagnosis logging for MSExchangeTransport?

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ID: 33723094
If you feel messages are not important, you can stop SMTP service and delete mails from the  "C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot\vsi 1".
You should first check for the queues as suggested by shabarinath and then take necessary action.
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ID: 33723104
Ok I can see that the queues are filling up and I have already had to delete items from the vsi 1 location just to get the server functioning again as the C:\ drive was completely full.  How do I stop this filling up again though?
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by:Marc Dekeyser
ID: 33723392
as smartsid and shabarinath said you'll have to increase diagnostic logging. In 2003 this is done in the ESM by righ clicking the server object and then going to the tab "diagnostic logging" Here you can set the logging for MSExchangeTransport to maximum
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by:Shabarinath Ramadasan
ID: 33723469
If no mails are send through this server, then you need to see what  is getting stuck.

Did you get a change to look on the Exchange System Manager queue?

Good luck

Author Comment

ID: 33723488
Ok thanks guys I'll try the above suggestions and get back to you soon.

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ID: 33769813
Hi guys,

I've enabled the logging and am getting thousands of these!  Is this the cause?

Event Type:      Warning
Event Source:      MSExchangeTransport
Event Category:      NDR
Event ID:      3006
Date:            27/09/2010
Time:            14:43:18
User:            N/A
Computer:      Exchange
A non-delivery report with a status code of 4.4.7 was generated for recipient rfc822;message_journal@mydomain (Message-ID <Exchange13pL32ctFfj800002450@exchange.mydomain>).  
Cause: Message in queue has expired.  The sending server tried to relay or deliver the message but the action could not be completed before the message expired.    
Solution: This message usually indicates a problem on the receiving server.  Check the validity of recipients address and verify that the receiving server is configured to receive messages correctly.  Resending the message will place it again in the queue, if the receiving server is up, message delivery will succeed.

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robclarke41 earned 0 total points
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The messages all seem to be from postmaster@mydomain and are going to message_journal@mydomain The strange thing is journaling is disabled (was journaling to a public folder that is now removed) so why are all these messages being sent?!

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