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So I was sent an odd bounce back that seems to be generated by the sending server but I want to track communications between my new Exchange2013 server and the sender.

I have seen reference to message trace:
http://community.office365.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-components-userfiles/00-00-13-15-65-Attached+Files/3583.message-trace.jpg

Is this an O365 only feature?  is there no way to utilize Message Trace in the EAC for Exchange 2013?

I can use the power shell, but even those results are not as helpful and easy to administer as the old message tracking system.  

Get-MessageTrackingLog -Sender user@somedomain.com

This generates a list, but no times.  Anyway to get output with a timestamp displayed?

Thanks.
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by:tw525
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I found the following:

Get-MessageTrackingLog -ResultSize Unlimited -Start "11/6/2014" -End "11/8/2014" | where{$_.recipients -like "*@example.com"} | select-object Timestamp,SourceContext,Source,EventId,MessageSubject,Sender,{$_.Recipients} | export-csv D:\ExchangeLogResults.txt

But it takes like 10-15mins to run.  The other command took seconds to complete.  Not sure why this command takes so much longer to complete.
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by:Jamie McKillop
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Hello,

The second command is taking so much longer because you are pulling every single tracking log in a two day span then parsing them for recipients in the example.com domain. In the first command, it is only returning logs where the sender is a specific address.

If you have an NDR, I would use the -sender and -recipients: switches to narrow it down to to the specific sender and recipient addresses. This should speed things up.

-JJ
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by:tw525
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Jamie,

Is there anyway to utilize the "Get-MessageTrackingLog -Sender user@somedomain.com" command but get it to display with time stamps.  I'm surprised there is not more demand for this.  The current output is only marginally helpful without time stamps.

Thanks
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Jamie McKillop earned 2000 total points
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The output should show the time stamp. Add | fl to the command and you should see all output

I built a GUI app that you might be interested in - http://jamiemckillop.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/version-2-1-of-wizbang-exchange-message-tracker/


-JJ
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While I never got a conclusive answer on my first question.  Jamie thoroughly helped me utilize shell to address my needs.
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