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Exchange Server Cookbook by Devin L. Ganger, Missy Koslosky, Paul Robichaux

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7.14. Deleting Messages from a Queue

Problem

You need to delete messages from a queue on your Exchange virtual server.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Exchange System Manager (Exchange System Manager.msc).

  2. Expand the organization Administrative Groups target administrative group Servers.

  3. Expand the appropriate server container and select the Queues object.

  4. The right pane will display all queues on this server, including MTA, SMTP, and foreign connector queues.

  5. Click the Source field of the header to group the queues according to the component that they are associated with and find the appropriate SMTP virtual server.

  6. Click on a queue to select it and click Find Messages, or double-click the queue to open the search window. By default, the search will return 100 messages at a time.

  7. If you wish to restrict the search, modify the search parameters.

  8. Click Find Now.

  9. Select the message to delete by clicking on it; you can use Shift and Ctrl with additional clicks to select multiple messages. Right-click your selection, select one of the two Delete options, and confirm the deletion.

Using VBScript

' This code deletes a given message within an Exchange SMTP queue.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
' The host name of the Exchange server
strHostname = "<ExchangeServerName>" ' e.g., red-exch02
' Name of the SMTP queue to search for messages
strQueueName = "<SMTPQueueName>" ' e.g., 3sharp.com
' Message ID of the message to delete
strMessageID = "<MessageID>" ' ------ END CONFIGURATION ...

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