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    Added a new exchange server to the organization and started a "Move all Replicas" process to move all public folders from server A to server B.

    Now when I open the "queues" on server a, there's an entry under the name column called servera.domain.com with thousands of messages in the queue waiting to be sent to [email protected]

    Is that normal? Is this a part of the replica move?

    Thanks,
    M.
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  • #2
    Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

    anytime a server send a message to another server it will create a queue for that server.

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    • #3
      Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

      The queue would be normal, but not with those levels of messages in them. That would tend to indicate a problem with mail delivery.
      Public Folder replication goes over SMTP, so ensure that the servers can see each other on port 25.
      A smart host on the SMTP virtual server can also cause a problem.

      Simon
      Last edited by Sembee; 29th January 2009, 01:11.
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      • #4
        Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

        WOW. I think you NAILED it.
        There was a smarthost on the old server, pointing to my ISP.
        I am removing it now and waiting to see the effect.

        I will post back with updates.

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        • #5
          Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

          OK - Here's the update.

          After removing the smarthost from server-a (that's the old server) I am still getting thousands of messages in the "queues" of the old server (server-a), but I am also getting thousands of messages in "Messages Pending submission" and in "Messages waiting to be routed".

          On server-a [old server] "Public folder store -> Public folder" there's nothing...
          On server-b [new server] "Public folder store -> Public folder" there's nothing...
          But on the old server in Public Folder Instances - I can see all the folders.


          What's going on??


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          • #6
            Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

            Can you telnet to the other exchange server on 25 from the first?
            McAfee AV or a firewall involved maybe?
            Last edited by AndyJG247; 28th January 2009, 18:32. Reason: Poor spelling :(
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            • #7
              Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

              No mcaffee, no firewall.
              Telnet to port 25 works fine from server A to server B and back.

              Could this be because server A is a SBS 2003 and not a STD server??
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              • #8
                Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

                Can you restart the SMTP service maybe?
                What does message tracking say about one of the messages?

                I don't believe the SBS part should cause an issue.
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                • #9
                  Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

                  I restarted both servers several times (so obviously the smtp service restarted too)
                  It doesn't help.

                  I just enabled message tracking. Took ages as I was getting an "access denied" message that was due to the fact that the three famours registry keys (language, and 2xwinreg) didn't have "Local service" listed as a user with permissions there.

                  Now i have to wait for the log to fill out.


                  Can this be a permissions issue? Cause the Network admin that was here before me did a really nice job of messing things up...

                  Thanks for the help.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

                    SBS shouldn't be a problem.
                    Permissions... I doubt.

                    Message tracking is going to be a help here, but that may not show enough, because the data isn't getting off the server.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Moving public folders causes unexplained queue

                      In the interim can you run the BPA, it may show something?
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