System Attendant

Definition of System Attendant in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is System Attendant?

One of the four core components of Microsoft Exchange Server. You can use the System Attendant to do the following:

  • Collect information about all Exchange servers in a site
  • Maintain the Exchange routing table (GWART)
  • Create and maintain message-tracking log files for services and connectors
  • Automatically generate e-mail addresses for new recipients
  • Monitor links between sites
  • Perform diagnostic functions

The System Attendant is implemented as a Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 service; it must be running for other Exchange services to run.


To stop all Exchange services on a computer, stop the System Attendant by using Services in Control Panel. To restart the services, you must restart each service individually, starting with the System Attendant.