As the New Year got underway, Microsoft Exchange was struck by a Y2K22 problem that stopped users from accessing their inboxes. People originally believed the problem was with their internet connection, but later recognized it was with the service itself, and Microsoft responded immediately with a remedy.
According to The Verge, there have been concerns about the service, which has prompted some to doubt its use, particularly given the fact that there are no emails shown in the app. A big business disaster has ensued as a result of Microsoft Exchange losing its email functionalities and displaying no messages in the inbox.
When the year 2022 arrived and the clock struck midnight, Exchange administrators all across the world noticed that their servers were no longer capable of transmitting email. After further investigation, they discovered that mail was becoming stuck in the queue, with one of the following errors appearing in the Windows event log:
Specifically, these issues are generated by Microsoft Exchange attempting to save the date in a signed int32 variable while also verifying the version of the FIP-FS antivirus scanning engine is in use.
“We’ve developed a solution to address the issue of messages becoming stuck in transport queues on Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2019 as a result of a latent date issue in a signature file used by the malware scanning engine within Exchange Server,” according to a post in the company’s support forums. When the problem arises, you’ll see problems in the Exchange Server’s Application event log, notably events 5300 and 1106 (FIPFS).”
The new, automated solution should be compatible with Exchange Server 2016 as well as Exchange Server 2019. The response from users has been mixed; some have reported that the additional protections are only effective once the server is restarted.
The error has been called Y2K22 by Microsoft system managers in allusion to the Y2K bug, which was a computer programming fault that afflicted certain machines at the start of the century 22 years ago and has since been fixed.
Computer programmers realized that their software would not read the number 00 as 2000, but rather as 1900 as the new century neared. Many worried that this would signal disaster for governments, companies, banks, and other industries throughout the world when 00 turned into 1900.
Many analysts expected a worldwide recession in the late 1990s, and doomsday flyers warning of cataclysmic consequences as a result of computer breakdowns were widely distributed at the time.
While fortunately, the computer apocalypse did not materialize, with only minor disturbances being documented as a result, the problem has returned to afflict certain Microsoft Exchange servers 22 years after it first appeared.