Saturday, February 4, 2023

Configure Local Queues to a different location

As part of the installation of Exchange 2016, the local queues that control the inbound mail locate themselves in the Program Files directory where the Exchange Binaries reside. As C: drives are generally a lot smaller than others it is common that over time these queue directories may fill up causing the Server to fail. If a queue location runs critically low on space then all inbound delivery is disabled. The best practice is therefore to relocate these files to a location other than C:. In this example we have used the E:\ which is also where our Database Transaction Logs reside. Navigate to the C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT\EXCHANGE SERVER\V15\BIN folder and run notepad.exe as administrator to edit the file EdgeTransport.exe.config Look for the lines that are highlighted below.

Modify them with the new location and save the file back to the original location.

After it has been saved, stop and restart the ‘Microsoft Exchange Transport’ service.


To check that the location has taken effect, check the location and see that the directories have been created. As below.

  No need to restart the Server after this.

Mark Rochester
Mark Rochesterhttps://thecloudgeezer.com
Mark currently works in the cloud space assisting large companies to migrate from either on premises to the cloud, or cloud to cloud. His experience with Enterprise migrations spans more than 25 years which basically makes him old. However, with all the oldness creeping up he still finds technology massively exciting. Please reach out for a chat anytime you would like. :-)

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