Exchange 2003 TMP file in windows\temp folder

Posted on 2011-02-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have an exchange server that is replicated off site for DR and have recently noticed that it is creating more than I would expect of replication data. The database size is just under 15GB with about 10 mailboxes, so relatively small. I am seeing a large amount of .tmp files being created then deleted in the windows\temp folder and think this is what is causing my high replication data. These files have random GUIDs as file names and can vary in size. I quick stop of the information store stops these files from being created so it is obviously exchange doing this.
I have tried searching the web for information on the creation of these files but can’t seem to find much. Does anyone here know if this is normal or if it can be stopped? I have access to a number of other SBS servers with Exchange 2003 on and don’t see these files being created on them.
Last thing to mention is that there are a couple of files are being created/deleted every second.
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I don't have to many SBS 2003 server out there any more. But I think it was to do with Exchange restricted attatchments that cause those files. And if I remember correctly they have a weird security on them too. I would review the restricted attachment list under you internet connection setup wizard. Then send one or more of these restricted types listed to a mailbox and confirm the files are created each type you send an message with one of those attachments. If I'm right you can deleted them as needed.  

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ID: 34938537
I have checked in the SBS internet connection setup and I have no file types restricted on incoming email.

 email attachments not restrict
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Could you post a listing of the folder in question?
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File attached, top 2 files are the ones in question. I have noticed file sizes of anything between 0mb and 10mb. Also as I said these are created then very quickly deleted.

 Temp Folder

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I still have not managed to resolve this issue id anyone could possibly help me? I have attached an example of the file generated in the c:\windows\temp folder. I have renamed this from a .tmp file to .txt just so that I could attach it.

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While it's not complete possibly due to the rename or upload here. The file looks to be a Word 2007 (docx) format. Is it possible this file is being placed there by your Exchange anti-virus solution?

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Turns out that it was my AVG9 Internet Security Business Edition and the Anti Spam for Exchange. Once this was disabled the files stopped appearing.


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