We have what appears to be a similar problem but a slightly more
complicated scenario. We have a third party vendor doing SPAM
processing for us. Occasionally, we receive a message that the third
party is unable to deliver. The third party indicates that our Exchange
Server times out on multiple delivery attempts.
So far what seems to be common is:
- the messages have been forwarded (both automatically and manually)
- the original message was likely automatically generated by a system
An example is, I make an order and use my MSU mail address which is
forwarded to my Exchange Server. An E-mail message is sent as a result
of the transaction. This is the type of message that appears cause the
behavior. I've also seen the behavior with forwarded automatically
generated advertisements. The interesting part is from the same sender
some make it through and some don't.
The SPAM processing vendor sends me a message when they can't deliver a
message like this which is how I've gathered the information on the
behavior. I'd be happy to share some of those with you if it would
help. Until your message, I've thought the third party SPAM processing
company was part of the problem but your message makes it point to the
I suspect somehow the problem is content related. While not conclusive,
some minimal testing would suggest that the problem goes away if I take
the forwarding out of the picture.
We'll share anything we find out.
Systems Administration Manager
Michigan State University
Physical Plant Division
Room 1 Physical Plant
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 10:00 AM
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Subject: [MSUNAG] qmail/Exchange question
Here in the Library, we run a MS Exchange Server. One of our staff has
been having an issue with email from a non-MSU sender bouncing. This
appears to happen only with replies from the non-MSU party to our staff
person's email. The error messages indicate that the email is reaching
our exchange server, but time out before our exchange server accepts it.
The sender's email is issued from a qmail MTA on an email server hosted
by GoDaddy.com. We know of no other cases like this. Has anyone
experienced or know of a similar case of qmail and Exchange having a
conflict? Email protocols are not one of my things, so I'm flying blind;
any ideas are appreciated.
Eric Weston, M.F.A.
Information Technology Professional
Michigan State University Libaries, Systems Unit
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