File(s) cannot be opened by or renamed in the Pickup directory


Topic Last Modified: 2007-11-16

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager monitors the Windows Application log on computers that are running Exchange Server 2007 and generates this alert when the event or events specified in the following Details table are logged.

To learn more about this event, do one or more of the following:

  • Review the description of the event that includes the variables specific to your environment. From the Operator Console, select this alert, and then click the Properties tab.

  • Review all events that have been logged that meet the criteria of this Operations Manager alert. From the Operator Console, click the Events tab, and then double-click the event in the list for which you want to review the event description.


Product Name


Product Version

8.0 (Exchange Server 2007)

Event ID


Event Source


Alert Type

Critical Error

MOM Rule Path

Microsoft Exchange Server/Exchange 2007/Common Components/Hub Transport and Edge Transport/Transport

MOM Rule Name

File(s) cannot be opened by or renamed in the Pickup directory. Some mail may not be processed by Pickup. For more information, see the event description.


This Error event indicates that the Network Service user account on the Hub Transport Server or Edge Transport server does not have the correct permissions assigned to it on the Pickup directory or on the Replay directory. A message file that you copy to the Pickup directory or the Replay directory is renamed with a .TMP file name extension during message file processing.

The Pickup directory location is controlled by the PickupDirectoryPath parameter on the Set-TransportServer cmdlet. By default, the Pickup directory is located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Pickup. The Replay directory location is controlled by the ReplayDirectoryPath parameter on the Set-TransportServer cmdlet. By default, the Replay directory is located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Replay.

If you change the location of the Pickup directory or the Replay directory, the Microsoft Exchange Transport service uses the security credentials of the Network Service user account to create the new directory and apply the correct permissions. If the new directory does not already exist, and the Network Service account has the rights that are required to create folders and apply permissions at the new location, the new directory is created, and the correct permissions are applied to the directory. If the new directory already exists, the existing folder permissions are not checked.

User Action

To resolve this error, verify that the directory that is specified in the error message text has the following permissions assigned to the Network Services user account:

  • List Folder/Read Data

  • Read Attributes

  • Read Extended Attributes

  • Create Files/Write Data

  • Create Folders/Append Data

  • Write Attributes

  • Write Extended Attributes

  • Delete Subfolders and Files

  • Read Permissions

For more information, see the following topics:

For More Information

To search the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles based on criteria that generated this alert, visit the Search the Support Knowledge Base (KB) Web site.

To review Exchange 2007 event message articles that may not be represented by Exchange 2007 alerts, see the Events and Errors Message Center.

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