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Is there a way to monitor the exchange logs in realtime like using 'tail -f /var/log/mail.log' in linux? The GUI tools for exchange under SBS 2008 suck for looking at what's going on in realtime.

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What specifically are you after in real time that can't wait a day to analyse the whole tracking log? – Ben Pilbrow Aug 26 '10 at 21:11
It's about troubleshooting mail delivery problems with a host without me constantly having to hit 'go back' in the Message Tracking Wizard, followed by scrolling down and then clicking 'next' and waiting 10 seconds for Exchange to re-search through it's database. – Aaron C. de Bruyn Aug 26 '10 at 21:41
Not that I think it will be much quicker, but have you tried with the Exchange Management Shell? Something like Get-MessageTrackingLog -Eventid FAIL or Get-MessageTrackingLog -Recipients "recipient1","recipient2","etc" might to do the trick. (Warning: that was off the top of my head, so might fail on syntax) – Ben Pilbrow Aug 26 '10 at 21:52
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Exchange does not generate that kind of log. The closest it gets is deep in the message tree.

%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Logs\MessageTracking

As I said, that's not directly equivalent to /var/log/mail.log, but it is the store that Message Tracking sorts through.

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This is why I love postfix (and to a slightly lesser extent every other mail server on Linux): tail -f /var/log/mail.log – Aaron C. de Bruyn Sep 17 '10 at 16:40
In addition, the log populated with a delay. – Vick Vega Oct 16 '15 at 14:54

Which logs specifically are you after? There are connectivity logs, message tracking logs, and protocol logs.

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