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Edgetransport.exe causing extremely high ping times!

Posted on 2011-03-03
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I have a strange problem that i finally pinpointed down today.  On my small network at home i host a few domains for basic/very light email traffic on a server with Exchange 2007 on a 2008 Windows server.  Lately my internet speeds go down the drain and i couldnt figure out why.
Today went into task manager and looked at what was using the most memory on the server, it was edgetransport.exe and w3wp.exe.
I opened up a command prompt and typed ping google -t
My response times were in the 1400ms range with many timeouts...
Just for the heck of it I right clicked on edgetransport.exe and killed the process.  The second i did that my ping times went down 25ms and everything was flying.
Obviously thats probably not the best solution but i can not figure out for the life of me why this keeps happening.  Now every time i kill the process it comes back (like it should) and brings my network speeds to a crawl within 30 seconds... any ideas
Maybe i need a service pack of some sort, i dont think i have ever applied one to Exchange although the server updates are up to date.
Thanks in advance.  
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by:Alan Hardisty
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If you have Exchange 2007, the latest Service pack for it is SP3 and also Rollup 2 for SP3 so I would get updating if I were you.

You could just be sending out lots of mail or possibly receiving lots of spam and returning it due to a lack of Recipient Filtering.

Are you on a fixed IP Address?
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Yes I have a static IP but never have installed any service packs for Exchange.  Can I just install the latest?
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I just downloaded it, can i just run it, i had read somewhere about alot of active directory prepping etc.. its ready to run right now, do you think it will break anything?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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No prep - just run it.  It will take about an hour or so to complete and will stop services, but it's good to go.

Nothing should be broken that I am aware of.
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ok, here goes nothing, will report back shortly! :)
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everything worked like a charm, installed sp3 and the rollup, no errors at all...and pings seemed to have returned to normal! Thank you very much!
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Great news - you are welcome.

Thanks for the points.

Alan
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