Repeating 623 version store error.

Applies to Exchange 2003

I had a case a couple weeks ago I thought I’d write about.  What was happening is the Version Store would run out of memory and a 623 error would throw.  Version Store buckets allocated would climb from 4 to over 2000 in less than 5 minutes.  The store would then rollback its transactions for a bit, recover, run for 10-15 minutes and repeat the whole cycle over.

This is atypical 623 behavior to say the least.

What we ended up doing to fix it was capture an adplus dump, 3 actually, triggered at Version Store buckets allocated crossing 1600.  We captured 3 dumps at 1 minute intervals.

The 1st dump caught the problem transaction, the last 2 were both capturing rollbacks, so this was a quick ramp up.

Turns out the problem was being caused by a bad meeting request being processed over and over again.  We tried all kinds of ways to delete the message, all of which caused Version Store buckets allocated to climb.  A MFCMapi hard delete ended up doing the trick.

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