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Exchange 2003 Events and Errors

The following are Exchange resources from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

The following are Exchange resources from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional. Return to the main page for more tips on this topic.

Like many Windows Server System applications, Exchange 2003 logs a variety of events to the Application event log in Windows. Several of the events that can be logged by Exchange have been discussed throughout this book. Unfortunately, Exchange is capable of logging thousands of different events, making it impossible to become familiar with all of them. Depending on the event and the diagnostic logging level you have configured, some Exchange events will be self-explanatory while others will appear to require a crack team of decoders to decipher the event's meaning. For example, does the following event mean anything to you?

Event Type: Error
Event Source: MSExchangeIS
Event Category: Database
Event ID: 9031 Date:
10/11/2003 Time: 7:34:04 AM

User: N/A
Computer: EX2K3
Description: Database resource failure error <error code> occurred in function <function name> while accessing the database.

Fortunately, Microsoft has an Exchange 2003 Events and Errors Web site ( hange/2003/events/default.asp) that you can use to search for information about events based on the Event Source and the Event ID. When you find a matching event, you can read an explanation of the event, along with any necessary or recommended actions and a list of related Knowledge Base articles. The search results will vary among events and not all events are available, but this is still a valuable resource for investigating new and unusual as well as familiar and common events.

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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."

Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.

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