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Microsoft Exchange 2003
How to check user e-mail from the exchange server.

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Are you asking about doing message tracking? You can do that from exchange system manager. If you are asking about opening mailboxes on the exchange server, that is not an option. You CAN exmerge a mailbox out to a pst. But I do not know if that is what you are asking. Please provide more details thanks.


Message tracking is what you need for your purposes. It is turned off in Exchange by default because of higher system requirements. To enable message tracking, open Exchange System Manager. Navigate to your server. Right click on the server and click on properties. In the General tab, Check Enable subject loggin and display and Enable message tracking. You can set the log location and log removal settings here as well. Do the same for all exchange servers in your environment, and no reboot is required.

In the Exchange System Manager -> Tools. You will see Message Tracking Center. You can search for the user and see the logs for every email that user sent and/or recieved along with the size.

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  • Computertech
    Yes, I guess I'm asking about message tracking. My boss has directed me to administer a users e-mail usage for they are sending out large amounts of mail and has a mailbox that is quit larg. They don't want to impose a size limit on the users mailbox which limits my ability to restrict rights. I don't want to go to the user's computer to check what is being sent out and I'm not sure if another alternative is available.
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  • Technochic
    If you have permission from your boss (get it in writing or some other varifiable format), then you can open the user's mailbox directly from your computer. You can also grant that access to whomever it would be more appropriate to review the mailbox usage. As Exchange Admin you should already have those rights and can grant those rights to others in Active Directory.
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