Sunday, June 17, 2012

Empty Poison Queues

If for some reason you have e-mails in a Poison Queue and you can’t get rid of them using the Exchange Management Shell [EMS] or Console [EMC], here is another method:
1. Open the Windows Services MMC;
2. Find the Microsoft Exchange Transport service and Pause it;
3. Open the EMS and run Get-Queue –Server <server_name> until all the queues are empty (except for the Poison queue);
4. Once all queues are empty stop the Microsoft Exchange Transport service;
5. Navigate to the location where your transport database is located (by default C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\TransportRoles\data\Queue\) and delete all files in that folder;
6. Start the Microsoft Exchange Transport service.

Exchange will create a brand new database and your Poison queue will be cleared!

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