LKBEN10766: How to move SMTP Spool Files on Exchange 2003

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


How to move SMTP Spool Files on Exchange 2003


How to move SMTP Spool Files on Exchange 2003


1.      Install the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit on your Exchange 2003 computer or on a client computer.
2.      Stop all Exchange services and Internet Information Service (IIS) services on the Exchange 2003 computer that you want to change.
3.      Create a backup copy of the Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot folder.
4.      Move the Vsi 1 folder, the subfolders of the Vsi 1 folder, and the contents of the Vsi 1 folder from drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot to the new location. Do not move the Mailroot folder itself.
5.      Register the Adsiedit.dll file by using the regsvr32 command. To do so, follow these steps:
a.           Click Start, and then click Run.
b.           In the Open box, type the following line, and then click OK:
regsvr32 "drive:\program files\support tools\adsiedit.dll"
6.      Click Start, click Run, type MMC, and then click OK to open a new Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
7.      Click Add/Remove Snap-in, and then click Add to add the ADSI Edit snap-in.
8.      In the console tree, click ADSI Edit, and then click Connect To on the Action menu.
9.      Click Naming Context, click Configuration Container in the Naming Context list, and then click OK.
10.   Locate the following Microsoft Active Directory directory service container in the configuration container: CN=Configuration\ CN=Services \CN=Microsoft Exchange \CN=YourOrganizationName\ CN=Administrative Groups\CN=YourAdminGroupName\ CN=Servers \CN=YourServerName \CN=Protocols\CN=SMTP \CN=1
11.   Right-click CN=1, and then click Properties.
12.   In the Select which properties to view list, click Both.
13.   Edit the attributes for the following properties, and then click Set after you edit each one:
·               msExchSmtpBadMailDirectory
·               msExchSmtpPickupDirectory
·               msExchSmtpQueueDirectory
14.   Wait for Active Directory replication to replicate these changes to the rest of the forest.
Or, at least wait for Active Directory replication to replicate these changes to the domain controllers and to the global catalog servers that your Exchange 2003 computer references.
15.   Start only the Exchange System Attendant service. This procedure copies the paths that you have changed from Active Directory to the metabase. Shortly after initialization, an event that indicates that the paths in the metabase have updated successfully is recorded three times in the event log. (Event ID: 1005, Source: MSExchangeMU, Category: General).
16.   Restart the Exchange 2003 computer.

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.


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