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Part 4: How to create an Exchange 2007 journaling rule

Get step-by-step instructions on how to create and set up an Exchange 2007 journaling rule.

The process of creating an Exchange 2007 journaling rule is fairly simple:

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console and navigate through the console tree to Organization Configuration -> Hub Transport.

  2. Select the Journaling tab, and then click the New Journal Rule link found in the Actions pane to open the New Journal Rule wizard.

    Figure 4: Create journal rules with the New Journal Rule wizard.
    Figure 4

  3. Enter a descriptive name for the Exchange 2007 journaling rule that you are creating.

  4. Just beneath the Rule Name field is the Send Journal Reports to E-Mail Addresses field. This is where you supply the name of the mailbox where you want journaled messages to be deposited.

  5. The third configuration option on this screen is the scope. Select internal, external, or all messages as you wish. (See Part 1 of this tutorial for scope descriptions.)

  6. The next option that you must configure is the Journal Messages for Recipient option. This is where you specify the mailbox or group for which you want to enable journaling. For example, if you wanted to create a journaling rule to journal messages sent by John Doe, this is where you would enter John Doe's mailbox name.

  7. Finally, the wizard contains a checkbox that you can use to enable the rule upon creation. This is checked by default, unless you choose to deselect it prior to creating the journaling rule.

  8. After filling in the wizard's various parameters, click the New button and the Exchange 2007 journaling rule will be created.


 Home: Introduction
 Part 1: An overview of Exchange 2007 journaling rule scopes
 Part 2: Compliance considerations for Exchange 2007 journal mailboxes
 Part 3: How to enable the Exchange Server 2007 journaling agent
 Part 4: How to create an Exchange 2007 journaling rule
 Part 5: How to modify, disable or delete an Exchange 2007 journaling rule
 Part 6: How to create journaling rules with Exchange Management Shell

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

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