Enable Windows Server 2008 SMTP Service logging
I was working on installing Windows Server 2008 x64 edition. I discovered
the SMTP Service wasn't logging. SMTP was working and emails were going
out. My install is 'custom' and installs just the modules we needed.
Turns out, there is a small dependency on the ODBC logging module
so the SMTP service logging would work. More importantly
iislog.dll. Here are the instructions to fix and reproduce the
To correct it. I'm assuming you have the SMTP Service already installed
and it's not logging.
1) Install ODBC Logging module (role service in Server Manager)
2) Stop / Start the SMTP Service
3) Verify your SMTP service is configured for logging. It's not on by
4) Try a local telnet test (assuming the telnet client is installed)
5) Look at your log folder.
To Reproduce the logging 'behavior'
1) Install Windows Server 2008 (obvious step)
2) Install the basic web server components. (static content with anonymous user)
3) Install telnet client and SMTP services
4) Enable logging on SMTP instance
5) try a telnet test locally
6) Verify the smtpsvc folder isn't in the location you configured for logging
(default is c:\windows\system32\logfiles)
7) Add the ODBC logging module (no iisreset is required) *Or in my tests there
8) Stop / Start the SMTP service (net stop smtpsvc && net start smtpsvc)
9) Try another telnet test
10) Verify the SMTPSVC folder is present.
Hope this saves you some time, it took me a while to find the right mix.
Thanks a bunch to Bernard Cheah who helped point me in the right direction
Microsoft MVP - IIS.