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    I have a question about the smtp log on Exch2k3. We have an exch2k3 sp2 server on a win2k3 domain. I've enabled smtp logging on our mail server and have enabled all extended logging options.

    M question is this - when I open one of the logs to review, the time on the left side (after it displays the date) is 4 hours ahead of what the time is on our mail server. I cannot figure out why. Could this be related to time sync? I have our DC as our time provider and all of our member servers including exchange gets its time from our DC. The clock on the exch server is correct and i have the time zone set to eastern standard so i know that's correct.

    anyone have any thoughts on this?

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    Re: SMTP Log time

    All IIS logs are in UTC, which is normally GMT. Therefore if you are four hours different to GMT then that will be why.

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    • #3
      Re: SMTP Log time

      If you are using W3C Extended log file format, I believe this is by design/default. This log file format shows the time in UTC (universal coordinated time) without any offset. If you change your log file format, for example, to NCSA common log file format, you'll get the local time with the GMT offset.
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        Re: SMTP Log time

        Thanks for the quick reply. The W3C log format gives you advanced options to choose from whereas the others including the NCSA do not.

        Just out of curiousity - is there any way to modify the W3C log format to show you the correct local time ? I see that by default it is setup to GMT but was wondering if there is some way to change that ..

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