Microsoft KB Archive/924567
Article ID: 924567
Article Last Modified on 10/25/2007
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, when used with:
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
You try to move high-volume mailboxes from a server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). When you do this, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- E-mail messages remain in the local delivery queue.
- Outlook Web Access does not respond.
- The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service stops responding.
This problem occurs when the message transfer agent (MTA) service is disabled on the Exchange Server 2003 SP2-based server.
This problem occurs because the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service registers a flush in the transit mail task for each mailbox that you try to move. The flush in the transit mail task uses the MTA. If the MTA is disabled, the flush task takes 150 minutes to time out.
During that time, there are fewer tasks available in the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service. Eventually, this condition might lead to task thread exhaustion. Task thread exhaustion affects other functions, such as the local delivery function.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next service pack that contains this hotfix.
To resolve this problem, submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the hotfix. To submit an online request to obtain the hotfix, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note If additional issues occur or any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. To create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Because of file dependencies, you must have Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed to apply this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. However, the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service, the Microsoft Search service, the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Admin service, and all dependent services are restarted when you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfix.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
|File name||File version||File size||Date||Time||Platform|
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
When you disable the MTA service on an Exchange 2003 SP2-based server, you might refer to the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
810489 MTA Stacks service supportability guidelines for Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003
In this article, you are instructed to set the "Gateway Out Thread" value to 0 (zero). This is a sign of a disabled MTA. After you apply this hotfix, Exchange Server 2003 recognizes this sign, and does not register the flush in the transit mail task for each mailbox.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
817903 New naming schema for Exchange Server software update packages
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