Need to pull data from your Exchange 2007 – 2013 logs?

Here’s how using PowerShell in the Exchange Management Shell: get-messagetrackinglog -EventID “RECEIVE” -Start “10/22/2013 10:30:00 AM” -End “10/22/2013 4:00:00 PM” -ResultSize Unlimited |fl >c:\trackinglog.txt By the way, the “-ResultSize Unlimited” will get you the full results to your text file and not truncate it.

September 17, 2011 SMB MVP Community Roadshow

Join us at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters for the “home-field” event of the SMB MVP Worldwide Roadshow. This is one you will not want to miss! We’ve joined forces with our friends to the south in Portland, The Technology Wizards (, to bring in nine Microsoft MVPs for two power-packed days, Friday in Portland, and Saturday in Redmond. For the Redmond event, arrive at 9 AM for coffee and pastries and a chance to mingle with the MVPs before our 10 AM event start time. If you’re feeling the need for travel, sign up for Portland and Redmond’s events and join us … Continue reading September 17, 2011 SMB MVP Community Roadshow

Microsoft Exchange Team Veteran Scott Roberts will be at the PSSBS meeting tonight in Redmond!

Scott Roberts has 12+ years at Microsoft under his belt and is currently the Test Lead for the Exchange CXP [Sustained Engineering] team here in Redmond. For over 5 years, he has been on the Exchange CXP team and before that he was the tester for DSAccess and other Directory related tools. Scott was also responsible for manually testing IMAP/SMTP/POP3 for an older Microsoft Product called MCIS. Scott lives in Redmond and has resided in Washington for over 12 years. He is looking to attend several of the Washington State user groups over the next year to answer any questions that may arise around servicing, tools, Microsoft Update, and … Continue reading Microsoft Exchange Team Veteran Scott Roberts will be at the PSSBS meeting tonight in Redmond!

A newly created recipient may not receive e-mail messages for up to 4 hours

Thanks to Susan Bradley for bringing my attention to this Microsoft KB.  It looks like in Essential Business Server 2008 if you create a new recipient and attempt to send them mail, it can take up to four hours for the Exchange Edge Server to synch up to the Messaging Server unless you manually run the Start-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet and force a synch, resulting in a 550 5.1.1 User unknown NDR being generated. See Microsoft KB 961303 for the details.  Looks like they are still updating the KB as of this time. Steve

IISReset /noforce

Pearl of wisdom from Mark Stanfill: On Exchange Servers, always run IISReset with the /noforce switch (“IISreset /noforce”) to ensure it doesn’t force any services off.  Check out this TechNet article for additional info. Thanks Mark!

Default SMTP Virtual Server instance would not start after System State Restore

The Default SMTP Virtual Server instance was failing to start after recovering from a System State Backup.  Because this was a Domain Controller the server had to be started in Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) in order to do the ntbackup restore.  When booted into DSRM, Chkdsk kicked in and did a scan before launching into Safe Mode.  What I didn’t know initially was that Chkdsk had gotten hold of the Exchange ‘Queue’ directory.  Here is what we did to bring it back and recover the previously queued mail. When the Default SMTP Virtual Server was failing to start, the … Continue reading Default SMTP Virtual Server instance would not start after System State Restore


Prashant Joseph who works with Microsoft’s Enterprise Messaging Support sent this to me at the resolution of a call Monday morning.  Great stuff so passing it along.  What I thought was cool is there is also a URL redirector for the ExBPA at if you want a quick link to get there. Notes from Prashant: 1)       ExBPA (Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool) –          This is a tool which can help you to generate reports regarding your Exchange server and Organization.–          This can be installed on either the Exchange server or a client machine.–          The reports generated by this tool … Continue reading ExBPA and ExTRA