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May 1 2018

Enable antispam functionality on Mailbox servers

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Enable antispam functionality on Mailbox servers

Applies to: Exchange Server 2016

Use the Install-AntispamAgents.ps1 PowerShell script to install and enable the built-in Exchange antispam agents on a Mailbox server.

The following antispam agents are available in the Transport service on Exchange 2016 Mailbox servers, but they aren’t installed by default:

Content Filter agent

Sender Filter agent

Sender ID agent

Protocol Analysis agent for sender reputation

You can install these antispam agents on a Mailbox server by using an Exchange Management Shell script, which is important if these agents are your only defense to help prevent spam. Typically, you don’t need to install the antispam agents on a Mailbox server when your organization uses other types of antispam filtering on incoming mail.

Although the Recipient Filter agent is available on Mailbox servers, you shouldn’t configure it. When recipient filtering on a Mailbox server detects one invalid or blocked recipient in a message that contains other valid recipients, the message is rejected. The Recipient Filter agent is enabled when you install the antispam agents on a Mailbox server, but it isn’t configured to block any recipients. For more information, see Recipient filtering procedures on Edge Transport servers.

Estimated time to complete this task: 15 minutes

You can only use PowerShell to perform this procedure. To learn how to open the Exchange Management Shell in your on-premises Exchange organization, see Open the Exchange Management Shell .

The Connection Filtering agent and the Attachment Filtering agent aren’t available on Mailbox servers. They’re only available on Edge Transport servers, and they’re installed and enabled there by default. However, the Malware agent is installed and enabled by default on Mailbox servers. For more information, see Anti-malware protection .

If you have other Exchange antispam agents operating on the messages before they reach the Mailbox server (for example, an Edge Transport server in the perimeter network), the antispam agents on the Mailbox server recognize the antispam X-header values that already exist in messages, and those messages pass through without being scanned again.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the “Transport configuration” entry in the Mail flow permissions topic.

For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center .

By default, the Content Filter agent, the Sender Filter agent, and the Sender ID agent record their activities in the antispam agent log on the Mailbox server. You can verify that these antispam agents are working when information is written to the log. To see the location and configuration of the log, run the following command in the Exchange Management Shell on the Mailbox server:


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