Microsoft KB Archive/246904

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Article ID: 246904

Article Last Modified on 2/27/2007


  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition

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Logging in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server is distinctly categorized into three different types: protocol logging, audit logging, and message tracking logging.

This article discusses each of these types of logs and provides some insight into their functionality.


Protocol Logging

This logging facility is purely for troubleshooting purposes and is not meant to be a source of statistical reporting of any kind. If you enable protocol logging, it decreases service and system performance substantially. Each protocol, such as SMTP, NNTP, HTTP, has its own interface to turn on logging.

Audit Logging

The audit logs audit access to mailboxes and track what individual users do. Auditing occurs through the store. These logs are secured and are not generally used to generate reports on server performance statistics. If you turn on auditing, it has a major impact on service and server performance.

Message Tracking Logging

The message tracking logs are used to track the flow of messages and the status of messages in the Exchange organization. While it is used as a troubleshooting tool quite extensively, it also functions as a tool for statistical reporting based primarily on the extent of information it provides on message whereabouts in the system. By default, all message tracking and statistical reporting is turned off.

For additional information, please see the "Auditing, Protocol Logging, and Message Tracking" Help topic in Exchange 2000.

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