Topic Last Modified: 2010-02-10

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

MSExchange Anti-spam Update

Alert Type


Rule Path

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

Rule Name

Exchange was unable to determine the version of the Microsoft Update agent or the Microsoft Update agent is not current.


This Error event indicates that Exchange Server 2010 could not determine the version of the Microsoft Update agent. Alternatively, the Microsoft Update agent is not current. This event occurs when anti-spam updates are not loaded and may be caused if you are not running the latest version of Microsoft Update. You cannot download anti-spam updates until this problem is fixed.

User Action

To resolve this error, follow these steps:

  • Upgrade the version of Windows Update on the computer that logged this event. To do this, visit the Microsoft Update Web site and update your server. When you connect to that Web site, your system will be checked. You will be instructed to download and install the most recent version of Microsoft Update.

  • Review the WindowsUpdate.log file for information that could indicate the cause of the problem. By default, WindowsUpdate.log is located in the C:\Windows directory on the Windows server. If needed, you can configure the WindowsUpdate.log for extended logging by enabling verbose logging. To turn on verbose logging, add the following registry key with two values:

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    Value name: Flags
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 00000007
    Value name: Level
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value data: 00000004
    Note   This registry key turns on an extended tracing to any attached debuggers.

    Caution   Incorrectly editing the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Problems resulting from editing the registry incorrectly may not be able to be resolved. Before editing the registry, back up any valuable data.

For more information about anti-spam updates, see the following topics:

  • Understanding Anti-Spam Updates

  • Configure Anti-Spam Automatic Updates

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.