Summarizing Message Tracking Logs

Exchange does a great job at logging all kinds of information, some by default and some can be switched on or extended. One example of this is the Exchange Message Tracking Logs. These logs can get large and analysing the data can be a bit of a chore. Some of the questions we are often asked are:

  • How much mail is going through this Exchange server?
  • What is the average mail size?
  • What is the percentage of daily mail sent each hour?
  • What is the largest message sent today?
  • Why was there are message queue between 3 and 4pm today?

All of this information is in the Message Tracking Logs, but getting the information out is sometimes a little trickier. Luckily PowerShell has some great Exchange cmdlets to help us out.

The attached script takes two parameters, the name of the server and the date to do the analysis for. It creates a csv file in your My Documents folder called MessageStats-ServerName-Date.csv.

Within this file the following columns are available:

Column Name Description
Server The name of the server that these statistics are for
Hour The hour of the day that these statistics are for
ConnectorId The name of the Send or Receive connector
MessageCountOut The number of messages sent from this server
MessageCountIn The number of messages sent to this server
TotalBytesOut The total number of bytes sent from this server
TotalBytesIn The total number of bytes sent to this server
AverageBytesOut The average bytes per message sent from this server
AverageBytesIn The average bytes per message sent to this server
MinimumBytesOut The smallest message sent from this server
MinimumBytesIn The smallest sent to this server
MaximumBytesOut The largest message sent from this server
MaximumBytesIn The largest message sent to this server

Open the csv file in Excel and suddenly you can do all kinds of smart graphs, pivot tables and filters to answer not only the above questions, but many more beyond that.

We hope that this will help others in their endeavours with Microsoft Exchange!

*** As always the script is provided on an as is basis, please test it before you use it in a production environment. ***


Twan van Beers

Twan is a senior consultant with over 20 years of experience. He has a wide range of skills including Messaging, Active Directory, SQL, Networking and Firewalls. Twan loves to write scripts and get deep and dirty into debugging code, in order to understand and resolve the most complex of problems.

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