Reading protocol logs in exchange 2007


I am looking for a comprehensive guide to read the protocol logs in exchange 2007.My main objective is to understand how session is established in case of smtp-receive and what a normal log looks like so that we can check in case of errors while inbound email flow stops.

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Exchange 2007 has Tools section in the Management Console. There are tools for queues, routing logs, message tracking, performance, troubleshooting and others.

There are log files here, thats with the default install location.

c:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Logs
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Check below link

for tracing, paste the header information in the below link and click parse. it will show you from which server it is passed. This way you can judge it easliy.
SHALABHAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply

I have already enabled the verbose logging on my receive connector.
How can I interpret those logs,as in the normal cource of an smtp connection from ehlo to quit?

I checked the url from msexchange.I think it refers more to exchange 2003?

Well article title says 2007. Logparser will interpret log files for you. It has many parameters you can play with. You can open log file with excel and create filters to sort the data or get 3rd party utility that can do this. You can also open with a notepad and read the logs.
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Hi Shalabh,

If you are looking for any free tool. Here it is:

This works with all exchange version. You can take it to access and analyse it.

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