Enabling antispam protection


Applies to: Forefront Protection for Exchange

If you do not enable antispam functionality during the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) installation, and you later want to enable it, you can enable it through the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Administrator Console or by using the Forefront Management Shell to enter Windows PowerShell commands.

Until antispam functionality is enabled, any changes that you make to the antispam settings with the user interface will not work.

Enabling spam filtering

To enable spam filtering through the administrator console

  1. In the FPE Administrator Console  Policy Management view, in the tree, expand Antispam, and then click Configure.

  2. In the Antispam - Configure pane, click the Enable Antispam Filtering button.

To enable spam filtering using PowerShell

  1. Use the following Windows PowerShell command to enable antispam functionality:

    Set-FseSpamFiltering -enabled $true

For more information about using Windows PowerShell in FPE, see Using Windows PowerShell.


To run this command on an Edge server, you must be a Local Administrator. To run this command on a Hub server, you must be an Exchange Administrator.


After enabling spam filtering, you must stop and restart the Microsoft Exchange Transport service for the setting to take effect.

Enabling updating for the antispam engine

After you enable spam filtering, you will also need to enable updating for the Cloudmark™ antispam engine. For information on enabling updates, refer to Configuring and scheduling updates.

Disabling spam filtering

Spam filtering can be disabled by clicking the Disable Antispam Filtering button in the Antispam – Configure pane of the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Administrator Console.

You may also use the following Windows PowerShell command to disable FPE antispam functionality:

Set-FseSpamFiltering -enabled $false


When spam filtering is disabled or FPE is uninstalled, the configurations in the corresponding antispam settings in Microsoft Exchange that were leveraged by FPE will be retained by their Exchange antispam counterparts. These settings include: Connection Filtering, Sender ID Filtering, Sender Filtering, and Reciepient Filtering. To change these configuration settings you will need to modify them through the Exchange management console.

See Also


Using Windows PowerShell