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XIMS: No NDR Generated When Inbound SMTP Message Exceeds "Max Recipients on Submit"

Article ID: 246051

Article Last Modified on 10/26/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q246051


When the "Max Recipients on Submit" registry value is specified, and a message is received through the Internet Mail Service that exceeds the number specified, the message is not delivered. The message is moved into the Archive folder and the sender does not receive a non-delivery report (NDR). The following Event ID is logged at the server receiving the SMTP message.

Event ID: 4117
Source: MSExchangeIMC
Type: Error
Category: Internal Processing
An error was returned from the messaging software the Internet Mail Service uses to process messages on the Microsoft Exchange Server. As a result, the message in spool file WXJXSG2D failed to be delivered. The message has been moved to the IMCDATA\IN\ARCHIVE directory.

0000: 0001037f 80004005


The information store is the entity responsible for enforcing the "Max Recipients on Submit" functionality. The threshold includes the total number of recipients to deliver the message to. This is the sum of the recipients listed on the To, Cc, and Bcc lines. If any recipient is a Distribution List (DL), this DL is expanded before the threshold value is evaluated.

When the Internet Mail Service attempts to deliver a message that exceeds this threshold, the store tries to generate an NDR for the message. The NDR itself contains a reference to the message received and because it exceeds the threshold value, the information store policy does not allow the NDR to be created (this applies to embedded messages within messages as well).


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Exchange Server 5.5. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

191014 XGEN: How to Obtain the latest Exchange Server 5.5 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Exchange Server version 5.5. This problem was first corrected in Exchange Server 5.5 Service Pack 4.


The Internet Mail Service has been modified to produce a non-delivery report (NDR) to the originator of the e-mail that exceeds the "Max Recipients on Submit" threshold.

The NDR looks similar to the following:

From: IMSAdmin (IMS Admin on Destination Server)
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 2:03 PM
To: Sender (User Sending Original Message)
Subject: Undeliverable: Testing

The following recipients did not receive the attached mail. Reasons are listed with each recipient:

</o=Organization/ou=Site/cn=Recipients/cn=User1> User1
    MSEXCH:IMS:Organization:SITE:DESTSRVR 0 (00010256) Too many recipients.
</o=Organization/ou=Site/cn=Recipients/cn=HugeDL> Huge DL
    MSEXCH:IMS:Organizatino:SITE:DESTSRVR 0 (00010256) Too many recipients.
</o=Organization/ou=Site/cn=Recipients/cn=User2> User2
    MSEXCH:IMS:Organization:SITE:DESTSRVR 0 (00010256) Too many recipients.

The message that caused this notification was:


For additional information about the Max Recipients on Submit registry value, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

126497 XADM: Limiting the Number of Recipients of a Message

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