If you found this tutorial on analyzing Exchange Server SMTP log files helpful, you may also be interested in the following SearchExchange.com links:
Learn about a third-party monitoring and reporting tool that can analyze your Exchange Server log files for traffic issues, bandwidth patterns and end-user email usage.
- How to automatically purge Exchange-related logs
If you aren't fortunate enough to have a lot of free disk space on hand, you may only want to keep logs you absolutely need, so you don't negatively impact performance. Learn how you can automate the process of purging HTTP, SMTP and UCE Archive logs that are past a certain age.
- Enabling protocol logging for Exchange Server
Protocol logging lets you see the commands that clients are sending to your Exchange server. If you detect suspicious SMTP, NNTP or HTTP traffic patterns, you can take action before they become a problem. Protocol logs are also an excellent forensic tool for analyzing attacks that occur without warning or detection.
- DevNull SMTP: A 'dummy' SMTP server for testing and troubleshooting
DevNull SMTP is a Java-based "dummy" SMTP server that allows you to test and troubleshoot connectivity between your desktops and existing SMTP server.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: HOW TO ANALYZE SMTP LOG FILES IN EXCEL
Step 1: Convert the Exchange Server SMTP log file to a text file
Step 2: Import the Exchange Server SMTP log file into Excel
Step 3: Analyze SMTP traffic bandwidth consumption in Excel
Step 4: Related resources from SearchExchange.com
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
Brien M. Posey, MCSE|
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Exchange Server, and has previously received Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Server and Internet Information Server (IIS). Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at http://www.brienposey.com.
This was first published in February 2007