Hub Transport server maintenance

neil4933
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Hi Guys

We have a couple of Exchange 2007 Hub Transport servers that we need to take down for several hours next weekend for maintenance.

Before we do that, our CIO has asked us to to the following:

1. Find a way for all queues on these Hubs to be emptied and to stop accepting new messages

2. Suspend the queues

For #2, we can just right click each Queue on the Hub, via the Management Console, and Suspend, but does anyone know if #1 is even possible? I guess #2 stops the Queue accepting new messages anyway, but what about messages that are already in it?
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Viral RathodConsultant

Commented:
Stopping the Microoft Exchange Trasport Service will do both the job ,

1) will not accept any connection
2) suspend the queue and

Are you planning to offline defrag the Queue Database ?

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Commented:
Stopping the Transport service will keep messages in the queue there though? How can we allow them to be processed before we either stop the service or suspend the queues?
Viral RathodConsultant

Commented:
First of all what maintenance are planning ?
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I QasmiTechnical Lead

Commented:
Force the queues and when empty , stop the Microsoft Exchange Transport service !!

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How do we force the queues empty? Is there not a way to stop the HT accepting any more messages so that existing queues can be cleared?

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