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iPhones using activesync causing excessive transaction log growth on Exchange 2010

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Oct 4, 2012 1:36 AM

Hi there.


We have around 60 iPhone or iPad users who are retrieving their emails from our Exchange 2010 SP2 servers using activesync.
Back when everyone was using the 3GS this worked just fine but late in 2011 we noticed that the transaction logs on our exchange servers were growing out of control. They should be roughly two times the volume of emails sent or received but all of a sudden we were getting fourty times as many! We only send just over 1GB of emails per week but have 50GB of transaction logs in that time.


I've spent ages trying to track down the cause and have an open TAC case with Microsoft that's been dragging on for several months now. We have recently proved that it's activesync causing the log growth - disable it and everything returns to normal - but they don't seem to be in any rush to identify a fix and I suspect their answer will be "Stop using iPhones".


Has anyone else seen this behaviour before and if so did you find a fix?


I was hoping iOS 6 might provide a solution but I'm reluctant to get everyone to upgrade because of the well publicised problems with maps and now I see that there are different Activesync bugs involving cancellation of meeting requests.


Anyone who can provide me with a resolution will win a prize as I'm at my wits end here.



iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • SpeakertoWolves Calculating status...

    We are seeing this with iOS 6 users as well. We had seen it with users on some versions of iOS but it seemed to be resolved with an update. Don't remember specifics. We are beginning troubleshooting this as we speak, looking at offending device configs first.

  • meiterm Calculating status...

    I have seen the issue twice in two weeks.  Two different users, the commonality is both an iphone, and an ipad.  In both cases the ipad was on wifi.  I was able to turn on device logging in the ECP and in 20 minutes captured over 1 MB log on i-pad.  I disabled the i-pad via the ecp and issue disipated.


    When I reviewed the log the content that was being sync'd was over 5 months old.  I instructed the user to back off to 30 days.  Device is still stable, and the 30 days is just a temporary solution.  I have opened a case with Microsoft for further review of the session log.  What is interesting is that the log is consumed with a particular fetch and message class:  ipm.note.eas  <- EAS is the Exchange Archiving System stub created by Zantaz.  I confirmed with our admin that we did not do any sync on the EAS server.  I am looking into if the User initiated an Outlook resync of stubs.





          <To xmlns="Email:" bytes="50"/>

          <From xmlns="Email:" bytes="35"/>

          <Subject xmlns="Email:" bytes="18"/>

          <DateReceived xmlns="Email:">2012-08-26T04:01:29.964Z</DateReceived>

          <DisplayTo xmlns="Email:" bytes="16"/>

          <ThreadTopic xmlns="Email:" bytes="14"/>

          <Importance xmlns="Email:">1</Importance>

          <Read xmlns="Email:">0</Read>

          <Body=4502 bytes/>

          <MessageClass xmlns="Email:">IPM.Note.EAS</MessageClass>

          <InternetCPID xmlns="Email:">1252</InternetCPID>

          <Flag xmlns="Email:"/>

          <ContentClass xmlns="Email:">urn:content-classes:message</ContentClass>

          <NativeBodyType xmlns="AirSyncBase:">3</NativeBodyType>

          <ConversationId xmlns="Email2:">BEF20C7413954F8DAC2C558F7AE26FF0</ConversationId>

          <ConversationIndex xmlns="Email2:">CD8206EA510011DCEC00FFFF9F122F8002B86D80</ConversationIndex>

          <Categories xmlns="Email:"/>





    device details:

    Device OS:
    iOS 6.0.1 10A523
    Device language: en
    User agent: Apple-iPhone4C1/1001.523



    Device OS:
    iOS 6.0.1 10A523
    Device language: en
    User agent: Apple-iPad3C2/1001.523


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