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Exchange transactions logs replayed after server crash

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Hey experts,

I have a server running Exchange 2003 SP2 that's giving me some trouble.  We had an issue back in August with a dirty shutdown that corrupted some data in the information store.  I was able to recover everything, verify the database and successfully backup the database and commit the transactions logs.  I thought everything was resolved and working fine.  Unfortunately, this server crashed last night and this morning we found that it was resending emails from the week of the crash back in August.

I'm assuming that the transaction logs are being replayed, but I can't figure out why it's from the week of the crash.  No other emails from the last three months are being sent, just that week.  Nothing has been lingering the in queues, so it has to be a log file.

Here's a list of the files that I have in the MDBDATA folder:
E00.chk
E00.log
E00tmp.log
isinteg.pri
priv1.edb
priv1.stm
pub1.edb
pub1.stm
res1.log
res2.log
tmp.edb

there's also the standard E000*.log files from the new incoming emails

Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can get rid of these mysterious emails that won't seem to go away?

Thanks,
Xlingshot
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by:MegaNuk3
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The messages are probably stuck in the smtp service. Was that the last time the SMTP service restarted too?

There is a fix for the smtp service issue
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by:xlingshot
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I checked the vsi1 folders and they're empty except for a couple of bad mail, which I decided to purge.
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They are messages that get stuck in the SMTP temp table that is in the database so aren't in any window's directories for you to delete. I'll post the hotfix link in a bit, so you can see what I am talking about.
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by:xlingshot
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Great!  Thank you.

Also to answer you earlier quesiton, I've rebooted the server since August to apply Windows updates.  
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This process will delete the temp table and any messages in it allowing a new one to be created:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/evand/archive/2004/12/27/332752.aspx

OR install hotfix
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950757/en-us 
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Thanks MegaNuk3.  I'll test this and see if it helps.
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Just put the hotfix on that should be the end of the duplicate old messages
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by:xlingshot
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Sorry for the delay on this question.  I'm still waiting to follow up with this customer on the issue and hoping to hear from them soon.  Thanks again for  your help.
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No rush, we can wait. ;-)
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by:xlingshot
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Hey MegaNuk3,

I was able to successfully install the patch.  I won't really know if it fixed the problem unless the server crashes.  Thankfully, we haven't had that issue.  Hopefully, I won't have to find out.

Thanks for your help!
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