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XCON: Exchange Server Message Transfer Agent Generates Event ID 208

Article ID: 169715

Article Last Modified on 10/28/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169715


When a message is submitted for delivery, the Microsoft Exchange Server message transfer agent (MTA) may generate the following Event ID in the Application Event Log:

MSExchangeMTA Event ID: 208
Type: Warning
Category: Security
The default latest delivery time for the message C=US;AMD;P=PRMD;L= has expired (10080 minutes after a submission). A non-delivery report has been generated with reason code unable-to-transfer and diagnostic code maximum-time-expired. [MTA XFER-IN 17 358] (14)

You may also notice the following events appearing in the application event log intermittently:

Event ID: 208
Source: MSExchangeMTA
Type: Warning
Category: Security
Description: The default latest delivery time for message C=US;A=NAME1;P=NAME2;L=EXCHANGE-00065E89 has expired (10080 minutes after submission). A non-delivery report has been generated with reason code Unable to Transfer and diagnostic code MAX TIME EXPIRED. [MTA XFER-I 23 358] (14)

Event ID: 290
Source MSExchangeMTA
Type: Warning
Category: X.400 Service
Description: A non-delivery report (reason code unable-to-transfer and diagnostic code maximum-time-expired) is being generated for message C=US;A=NAME1;P=NAME2;L=EXCHANGE-00065E89. It was originally destined for DN:/o=NAME1CORP/ou=NAME2CITY/cn=MS Mail Addresses/n=SMTP: someone@EXAMPLE.COM 2F52A9AC[ASCII 167] (recipient number 1), and was to be redirected to . [MTA DISP:ROUTER 14 136] <12)

In a large organization, this may be the only existing evidence that a message is generating a non-delivery report.


If the Event ID is generated for messages immediately following their submission, it is usually an indication that one or more of the servers involved has an incorrect system date or time setting.

You can use Message Tracking and the Message ID reported in Event 208 (C=US;A=NAME1;P=NAME2;L=EXCHANGE-00065E89) to determine the originator of the message. In one case, it was discovered that the computer DATE on the Sender's computer was set one year off (1996 instead of 1997). Hence, when messages arrived at the Exchange Server MTA for routing and delivery, the MTA compared the message date stamp (generated at the originating system) to the local system date setting for the Exchange Server MTA, and determined that the maximum time for delivery had expired.


Verify that the date and time settings are set appropriately for each server and computer involved in message submission and delivery.

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