setting up a SPAM filter on Exchange 2010

We have replced an old Exchange 2003 server with a new Windows 2012 server running exchange 2010.

We seem to be getting a load of spam onto our accounts, and wanted to know how we setup spam filtering.

I cannot see anything related to this in Exchange management console.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
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nigelbeatsonAsked:
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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Hi Nigel

Probably you are accessing to a HUB server that don´t have the Spam features Enabled, normally this features are enabled on the installation of the Edge Transport Server role.

If you want to install the spam feature on a  HUB server role you will need to run the following script on the mailbox server role "AntiSpamAgents.ps1"

Example:
If you are not running the Edge Server Role, i.e. you are only running Exchange 2010 Hub, you will first need to install the antispam agents:

1. On the Hub transport server machine, from the Exchange 2010 program group, open the Exchange Management Shell.

2. Change directory to: <Exchange Server dir.>\Scripts\

3. Run> .\install-AntispamAgents.ps1

4. Restart the MS Exchange Transport service


Once the agents are installed move to:

Microsoft Exchange | Edge Transport | Anti-Spam OR
Microsoft Exchange | Organization Configuration | Hub Transport | Anti-Spam

From there you can configure the RBL and other spam filtering tools including the Content Filter .

I hope it helps.

Let us know.
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
Exchange has a built in SPAM filter, however it has to be enabled.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb201691(v=exchg.150).aspx

Follow this and let me know if you need any additional assistance.
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
I have managed to enable the anti spam feature within Exchange, and can see the anti spam tab.

However, I need to enable the anti spam updates and the option to do this seems to be missing from my actions frame.

"Don’t forget to anti-spam updates: on Exchange EMS -> Server Configuration -> Hub Transport and in the Right Action Menu Click on Enable Anti-Spam Updates."

ie This option is missing completely.

I can see the "allow" and "block" in the main bottom window, but no Enable Anti-Spam Updates in the action menu??

Can anyone help?
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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Did you check this Understanding Anti-Spam Updates?
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James HIT DirectorCommented:
Updates are now a part of MS updates, and no longer separate. That option doesn't exist anymore and is no longer required.
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all.

I now understand that spam updates are part of the microsoft updates, but do I need to do anything further, or will they just come down automatically.

I tried to look at the Understanding Anti-Spam Updates link, but it appears to be broken.

I recall from earlier versions of the microsoft spam configuration that we had to set the levels of agression for spam filtering, ie 7 or whatever was required for the severity, but I cannot see where this is set.

Can anyone advise how we can make sure this configured, and how we go about checking that updates are being applied?

Many thanks.
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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in responding, but I have not been at this site for quite a while.

There are so many messy parts to this, if I understand it correctly.

Is it really necessary for somone to manually download the updates every 2 weeks?? Even 2003 had thids automated? Am I missing something.

I have also read that once the SPAM facility has been installed, it has to be enabled. Are there instructions on how to do this for Exchange 2010 rather than 2013?

I have the SPAM tab visible with exchange 2010 system manager, but I have not found how to enable it. Consequently we are still getting loads of SPAM in our inboxes?

Many thanks
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
I would also point out that we do not have any other exchange servers or edge servers on our network.
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David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
Hi Nigel,

For the automatically update the spam agents, you will need to have FPE ( Forefront Protection Exchange).

The other way will be to have a powershell script or VBS.

I didn't have time to create a powershell script and /or testing this VBS script.

 
I have also read that once the SPAM facility has been installed, it has to be enabled.

Probably  you didn´t set the anti-spam Agent on your transport server.

To set the transport server you will need to fire this cmdlet:
Set-TransportServer –Identity 'MyTransportServer' –AntispamAgentsEnabled $true

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I hope it helps.

Regards
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
A backwards step from 2003 then!

I did carry out the command, but the response was that no changes were made. I therefore assume I had already got this activated.

How can I prove that the SPAM filter is actually working, as we are still getting loads of SPAM dropping into our mailboxes.

I have modified the aggression of the SPAM filter, but do you have any recommended settings for thses? ie I have the SCL set to 6 and to reject massages above this.

Can anyone give a little more detail on HOW we actually get the SPAM updates manually, and what, if anything we need to do to install them? ie how can we tell which version is currently present, and that the new updates have been implemented.

I can see that we can add IP's to the block list manually, but does the Microsoft SPAM filter use any lists to compare arriving mail to, without manually having to add to the lists.

This seems a very fragmented part of Exchange, with seemingly no overview from start to finish to implement this.

Am I missing something?

Many thanks
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all.
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