Configure Message Size Limits in Exchange 2010

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If you’re running Exchange 2010 at your office, you may have noticed that the default incoming and outgoing message size limit  is 10,240 KB or 10 MB. These days, however, there are many attachments that far exceed this size. If you want to increase the maximum receive size and the maximum send size for emails, […]

Exchange System Manager 2003 for Windows Vista now available

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At my previous job one of my resonsibilities was to maintain several Exchange 2003 installations.  One of the reasons I chose not to run Windows Vista on my laptop was because there was no Exchange System Manager (ESM) 2003 administrative tools that ran on Vista. The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog just announced a version of […]

Windows 2008/Exchange 2007 Event 4001: A transient failure has occurred. The problem may resolve itself in awhile. The service will retry in 56 seconds.

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Today I was installing Exchange 2007 SP1 on an HP Proliant DL380 G5 server running Windows 2008 x64. After the installation and reboot, I kept receiving the following error in the Event log: Event ID: 4001 Source: MSExchange System Attendant Mailbox A transient failure has occurred. The problem may resolve itself in awhile. The service […]

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Shapes and Icons for Visio

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I was just diagramming an Exchange 2007 deployment and came across the Microsoft Office Visio Stencil Containing Shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, a free download from Microsoft. This stencil and template provided enable you to create Visio drawings that contain Exchange Server 2007 objects. These shapes include icons for Exchange 2007 server roles, networking, […]

Howto: Enable POP3 logging in Exchange 2007

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POP3 logging is not enabled by default in Exchange 2007. To enable it, edit the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\PopImap\Microsoft.Exchange.Pop3.exe.config file. Under appSettings, change <add key=”ProtocolLog” value=”false” /> to <add key=”ProtocolLog” value=”true” /> and restart the Microsoft Exchange POP3 service. You can restart it in services.msc or run the following command from the Exchange Management Console: Restart-service […]

Troubleshooting Exchange 2007 ESE Event 491

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My Exchange 2007 SP1 server started reporting Event 491 in the Application Log. Source: ESE Event ID: 491 edgetransport (3488) Transport Mail Database: An attempt to determine the minimum I/O block size for the volume “D:\” containing “D:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\data\Queue\” failed with system error 5 (0x00000005): “Access is denied. “. The operation will fail with […]

Troubleshooting Exchange Error 4.4.7 Delivery Delay and Failures

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  One of our partners keeps receiving the following messages when trying to email certain domains: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE. Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed. Where is the address he’s trying to […]

Howto: Force Outlook to Download Updated Exchange Offline Address Books

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I just created a new user on my Exchange 2003 server, and wanted to verify the new account was shown in the Global Address List (GAL). I’m using the Outlook 2007 client in cached mode, and I wanted to download the updated offline address book immediately, rather than waiting for it to perform it’s scheduled […]

Windows 2008 Upgrade Paths, and the Problem with Exchange 2007

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Ask The Performance Team has a blog posting on the upgrade paths for Windows 2008, which is set to be released at the end of this month. To begin, lets get two things clarified right away. There is no way to perform cross-platform upgrades, i.e. x86 to x64 architecture, and there is no way to […]

Clearing out Exchange SMTP queues using AQADMCLI

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I recently had to help a customer clean up their SBS 2003 server which had been used to send out spam. It seems that one of their user accounts had been compromised, and we were able to stop the spam by changing the user’s password. The server’s performance was horrible, even after a reboot, and […]