It appears we have found the cause the issue below. Someone had decommissioned an EX server out in the field and left some orphaned connectors. For some reason on one particular EX server our queues would rise, including Messages to be routed as well ad Messages awaiting directory lookup. It looks like other servers were having issues but were brief hiccups, but this one particular server was having the biggest issue. (This one server has perf issues as well) The queues would build and then go back down in about half hour. One of our monitoring utilies reported a dsaccess comm error for multiple DCs. The specific error code reported that these dsaccess comm errors are related to link state changes. We noticed some orphaned connectors in the event log for this particular server reporting that it "failed to read the state of the connectors..." So in the end it appears that these orphaned connectors causes dsaccess comm issues which would explain the rising queues. -----Original Message----- From: Chong, James Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 11:56 AM To: '[ExchangeList]' Subject: Messages waiting to be routed queue Does anybody know some common causes of queues backing up in the Messages waiting to be routed queue? The queues started to back up for about 30min to an hour but drained by itself. I turned up diag logging for transport but did not any relevant errors. This occurred on only one Exchange 2k server. I'm thinking it was some how performance related as these boxes are already crawling, or possibly a large message\corrupt in the queue which I forgot to check before it drained. Thanks.