Exchange 2016 Defaults

Anytime you upgrade Exchange, your new servers will have some default settings that you may need to root out.  The most immediate one to address is the default Mailbox size limits that are listed when you create a new mailbox database – they are pretty stingy so increase these on the Limits tab or set to unlimited.

Another one that caught me off guard recently on Exchange 2016 is a message rate limit imposed on certain receive connectors, namely the Client Frontend and the Client Proxy. A developer saw this error in some app logs as a symptom:

java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:745)Caused by: com.sun.mail.smtp.SMTPSendFailedException: 421 4.4.2 Message submission rate for this client has exceeded the configured limit

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To find the rate limits of your connectors, enter the following command into an Exchange shell:

get-receiveconnector | ft name,messageratelimit

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You’ll see a list of all connectors and their messageratelimit.  Some of mine said 5 which was a default setting.  Since I have other protections in our enterprise such as Anti-virus with mail worm protection and outbound filtering, I want all of my rates to be unlimited.  I wrote this simple command to make that happen:

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get-receiveconnector | set-receiveconnector -MessageRateLimit Unlimited

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Once you make that change, be sure to restart your transport service on each Exchange server that previously had a limit of 5 and you’ll be free of these limitations.

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Another annoying setting is the default MAPI limit, and with the preferred connection method being MAPI with Exchange 2016 you’ll want to increase yours from the default which I believe is 50:

Log into each Exchange server

Open the registry editor

Goto the following key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\ParametersSystem

Right click on ParameterSystem and select new, then select key

Rename the new key to MaxObjsPerMapiSession

Right click on MaxObjsPerMapiSession and select new, then select DWORD (32-bit) Value

Rename the new DWORD value to objtMessage

Change the value to a higher number (I set mine to 1500)

Restart the Information Store service

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And finally, the content filter.  If you already have an enterprise-grade upper-Gartner-quadrant spam filter, you do not need Exchange inspecting your emails because it will block completely valid emails.  To turn that off you’ll need to run Get-ContentFilterConfig and take a look at each feature that’s turned on.  Then run Set-ContentFilterConfig -<servicename> $false and don’t forget to run this separately on each EDGE server since they will not sync these settings and will continue to block as I learned the hard way.

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Author: Crystal Marks

Crystal Marks is a professional Enterprise Systems Engineer in DFW. She holds VCP6-DCV, MCSA, and Network + certifications and regularly attends tech conferences in the United States. In her 15 years as a woman in tech she has worked to break down barriers and enable women to learn and enter technical fields by setting a strong example. Companies that she has worked for include Dell, Abn Amro, Stream International, Transplace, and Heartland. Her current position is at an entertainment powerhouse that is family-operated and sets the bar for charity work, volunteering, and generosity to the community.

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