Topic Last Modified: 2010-02-18

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager monitors the Windows Application log on computers running Exchange 2010 and generates this alert when the events specified in the following Details table are logged.

To learn more about this alert, in Operations Manager, do one or more of the following:


Product Name


Product Version

14.0 (Exchange 2010)

Event ID


Event Source


Alert Type


Rule Path

Microsoft Exchange Server/Exchange 2010/Common Components/Hub Transport and Edge Transport/Transport

Rule Name

Read-only files have been found in the Pickup directory.


This Warning event indicates that one or more read-only message files exist in the Pickup directory or in the Replay directory. Correctly formatted e-mail message files that you copy to the Pickup directory or the Replay directory are submitted for delivery. The Pickup directory is used by administrators for mail flow testing or by applications that must create and submit their own messages. The Replay directory is used to resubmit messages that administrators export from the queues of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 servers.

User Action

To resolve this warning, do one of the following:

  • Remove the read-only attribute from any message files that exist in the Pickup directory or in the Replay directory.

  • Remove any message files that exist in the Pickup directory or the Replay directory that have the read-only attribute set.

For more information, see the following topics:

  • Configure the Pickup Directory

  • Configure the Replay Directory

For More Information

If you are not already doing so, consider running the Exchange tools created to help you analyze and troubleshoot your Exchange environment. These tools can help make sure that your configuration aligns with Microsoft best practices. They can also help you identify and resolve performance issues, improve mail flow, and better manage disaster recovery scenarios. To run these tools, go to the Toolbox node of the Exchange Management Console. To learn more about these tools, see Managing Tools in the Toolbox.