Friday, 24 October 2008

SBS - MS08-067 Critical - Update Blitz Results - A Strange Result

Working with a new client in the U.S., we had sent an e-mail to them and of course expected it to take no more than a few seconds before they received it.

Well, we waited, and waited, and waited.

A quick check of our SBS Exchange Queue showed that there were a number of e-mails in the queue. That was really strange.

So, off to the SmallBusiness SMTP connector Properties to verify that the service is set to deliver e-mail as soon as it hits the queue. It was not!

For some strange reason, the SMTP connector was set to deliver e-mail every hour! Huh? Not sure how that came about, but this is how that setting should look:

SmallBusiness SMTP connector Properties

Just in case, we will go through all of the servers we updated last night and check that setting.

It will save us having to answer a support call from a client wondering why their e-mail is not flowing as it should: instantly.

There may be no direct correlation between the update and the change in the queue setup, but we know that our e-mail was flowing immediately yesterday.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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