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Microsoft server exchange email logs

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  • How do I get email server logs from a microsoft exchange server. The client is running exchange server 2003
    Friday, June 26, 2009 6:42 PM

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  • Sudha,

    First of all you need to understand that Exchange generates logs for message routing, IIS, Windows Application logs and Windows system logs as well. which particular log are you talking about?

    Here are few sample ways to gather them though,

    Message tracking logs: these logs generated for every message that you send and recieve on exchange server. You can find them under \\exchangeserver\exchangeserver.log however to see files in it you need to have message tracking enabled on the server.

    IIS Logs: These logs are generated by IIS for every connection to it from client computers: Usually these logs are located at C:\windows\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1 on a windows 2003 box. Again, you need to have IIS logging enabled to find these logs.

    Windows application and system logs are easily available using eventvwr.msc

    M
    Milind Naphade | MCTS:M | http://www.msexchangegeek.com RSS Feed
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Friday, July 03, 2009 6:19 AM
    Friday, June 26, 2009 8:10 PM
  • HI,

    Milinad have given you the good answer regarding to Message tracking of Exchange 2003.Here is the addition to his post. please refer below Msexchange.org's article regarding message tracking


    Exchange 2003 Message Tracking and Logging
    ==============================
    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Message-Tracking-Logging.html

    Improved Message Tracking Features in Exchange Server 2003
    =========================================
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/823864



    Regards


    Chinthaka
    • Proposed as answer by Alan.Gim Monday, June 29, 2009 1:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Friday, July 03, 2009 6:19 AM
    Friday, June 26, 2009 11:43 PM

All replies

  • Sudha,

    First of all you need to understand that Exchange generates logs for message routing, IIS, Windows Application logs and Windows system logs as well. which particular log are you talking about?

    Here are few sample ways to gather them though,

    Message tracking logs: these logs generated for every message that you send and recieve on exchange server. You can find them under \\exchangeserver\exchangeserver.log however to see files in it you need to have message tracking enabled on the server.

    IIS Logs: These logs are generated by IIS for every connection to it from client computers: Usually these logs are located at C:\windows\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1 on a windows 2003 box. Again, you need to have IIS logging enabled to find these logs.

    Windows application and system logs are easily available using eventvwr.msc

    M
    Milind Naphade | MCTS:M | http://www.msexchangegeek.com RSS Feed
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Friday, July 03, 2009 6:19 AM
    Friday, June 26, 2009 8:10 PM
  • Sudha,
       What, specifically, do you want to know?  As the other poster pointed out, Exchange generates a lot of different types of logs.

    Jim McBee - Blog - http://mostlyexchange.blogspot.com
    Friday, June 26, 2009 8:35 PM
  • I was talking about the "message tracking" logs. Thanks for the answer.
    Friday, June 26, 2009 9:06 PM
  • HI,

    Milinad have given you the good answer regarding to Message tracking of Exchange 2003.Here is the addition to his post. please refer below Msexchange.org's article regarding message tracking


    Exchange 2003 Message Tracking and Logging
    ==============================
    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Message-Tracking-Logging.html

    Improved Message Tracking Features in Exchange Server 2003
    =========================================
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/823864



    Regards


    Chinthaka
    • Proposed as answer by Alan.Gim Monday, June 29, 2009 1:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alan.Gim Friday, July 03, 2009 6:19 AM
    Friday, June 26, 2009 11:43 PM