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Exchange Routing Log Viewer – Tool of Exchange Server 2010

Ugra Narayan Pandey | Modified: 2021-11-17T12:40:02+00:00| Exchange Server Tool | 4 Minutes Reading

Log Files play an important role in Exchange Server; it records all the modifications done on the Exchange Server database. If any changes are done in the database of Exchange then, all the changes are recorded firstly in log files and after that in Exchange Server database. Exchange 2010 routing log viewer is used to monitor the log files and can be found in EMC (Exchange Management Console).

In previous editions, users could connect to MS Exchange Routing Engine Service on port 691 by utilizing WinRoute tool. Now, in Exchange 2010 there is no routing engine so, users can utilize Routing Log viewer to view routing file, which contains the information about the routing topology. In the following section, we will discuss, about the tool which is widely used by administrator in Exchange Server 2010.

What is Exchange 2010 Routing Log Viewer?

The Routing Log Viewer works on a server MS Exchange Server 2010, which has the Hub or Edge Transport server role installed. It is started from the EMC (Exchange Management Console). While viewing the routing log file, user can also open second routing log then, determine the occurred changes within the topology of routing between two times. It is useful when the problem of routing resolves themselves before beginning the troubleshooting or for the determination of the occurred changes in the topology. In such cases, if the issue is occurred due to changes in the routing topology then the tool can be utilized for comparison between occurred changes and for resolving mail routing problems.

Exchange 2010 Routing Log Viewer

Insight into Exchange 2010 Routing Log Viewer

The tool resides of a parser as well as public GUI for parsing component. There are mainly four tabs in the Exchange 2010 Routing Log Viewer, which represents information about server.

Exchange 2010 routing log viewer

  • Active Directory Sites & Routing Groups Tab: This tab provides a listing of all directory sites that are active and groups of routing in Exchange organization. For the Active Directory Sites, the only sites are listed that have Exchange servers. If the site is enabled then, it can be verified on this tab of Exchange 2010 routing log viewer. The local site is also noted where log of routing table was generated. All the servers in every site are listed as the total cost of delivered mail to site from local site and the Backoff path is utilized if there is a problem while delivering messages.
    1. If it is a hub site then, all sites beyond it will have the property Next hop site. It indicates that the stoppage of mail before it relayed to target site.
    2. Property of Backoff path refers to full Backoff path instead of binary Backoff path. If the number of segments are greater than four only then, routing will use the binary Backoff path.

  • Servers Tab: The Server tab of Exchange 2010 routing log viewer contains the list of servers in the Exchange organization. At the top level, routing logs at local server, which were generated, are listed. This tab will generate some information as DN (distinguished name) of server, Proximity, Active Directory Sites and routing groups, total cost, Legacy DN, server usage, Hub Transport.
  • Send Connectors Tab: This tab provides the list of all SMTP connectors, routing groups, and foreign connectors available in Exchange organization. It includes various information such as GUID, Name, DN, Proximity, Maximum number of message size, total cost of site, Address space, etc.
  • Address Space Tab: The Address space tab of Exchange 2010 routing log viewer provides the list of address spaces in Exchange organization that are separated via address type like SMTP. Every address space lists all the associated connectors along with its cost. The list of connectors is based on selection of connector algorithm for utilization of particular address space. Therefore, from the list first connector is utilized for delivery to that address space.
    Note: If the fist connector cannot meet the size of message then, other message connector for that address space can be utilized.

In the above discussion, Exchange 2010 routing log viewer is described. It helps users to view the log files easily and helps to determine the occurred changes in the topology. Besides, it helps users to view the log file at the time of troubleshoot.