We are happy to announce the public preview of the next ORF update. Version 6.8 includes a number of changes and improvements and extends ORF with Plus Addressing and SQL Logging support.

Read on to learn what's changed and get the new beta.

What's New?

NEW: Plus Addressing

ORF now supports plus addressing, aka. subaddressing or detailed addressing (e.g. [email protected]), and can properly filter and validate recipient addresses containing plus tags.

NEW: Administration Tool - Plus Address Filtering

Create a list of filter expressions to manage plus tags in the recipient addresses of incoming emails.

NEW: Administration Tool - Plus Address Action

Add a plus tag to the recipient addresses of blacklisted emails.

NEW: SQL logging

ORF now supports real-time logging to SQL databases.

NEW: Log Viewer - Display SQL logs

Load SQL logs directly from an SQL Server and display them in the Log Viewer.

NEW: Log Viewer - View a specific date range

This new option allows you to load logs generated during a specified period.

IMPROVED: Database connection test messages

Error messages that may appear when testing the external database connection now include additional details and suggestions.

IMPROVED: Log Viewer - Log exports

CSV log exports are now saved with a header and can be read by the Log Viewer.

CHANGE: Log Viewer - Column name and content change

The "Related IP" column has been renamed to "Sender IP" and now displays the IP address of the SMTP host that delivered the email to your organization's network. The related "Event Log View" help page now has the explanation of each column.

CHANGE: Configuration file format

Most of the ORF configuration data is now stored in XML files.

BUGFIX: DMARC header parsing error

The DMARC test, when set to find domains in the "display name" section of the From header, also checked the local-part of email addresses for domains.

BUGFIX: Log Viewer - UI errors in multi-server mode

Some user interface elements did not work properly when the Log Viewer was connected to multiple servers:

  • Clicking the Load, Refresh, Send and Quick Send dropdown elements on the toolbar triggered errors.
  • After filtering logs, the Export, Send and Quick Send controls became disabled.

Other minor fixes and user interface improvements



Be sure to read the Installation Notes before installing the beta version.

ORF Fusion

for Microsoft® Exchange and IIS SMTP Service
version 6.8 BETA R02
released on January 13, 2023
expires on March 20, 2023
size 13.4 MB
Download System requirements

A separate download of the ORF management tools is available below. Install this package on workstations to manage ORF remotely. Note that management tools are included in the full installer packages above (for local management).

ORF 6.8 Beta R02 Management Tools-only Installer

The 6.8 Management Tools are not backward compatible. You can only manage ORF 6.8 installations with the 6.8 Management Tools package. Side-by-side installation of 5.x or 6.x Management Tools is currently not available.

Installation Notes

Please consider that this is pre-release software and may contain bugs. Install the beta for testing purposes only.


When upgrading from an existing ORF installation, make sure to create a configuration backup prior the upgrade, as described by the Configuration Backup Guide. If you need to revert back to the previous version, this backup can be used to restore your previous version quickly.

Important Exit from the Windows Event Viewer MMC before the upgrade (see this FAQ article).

Known Issues

The list below contains the issues that we know about the current beta release. This list is maintained during the lifetime of the beta; be sure to check back here before reporting an issue. Issue severity levels are explained in the FAQ.

Severity Issue

Some website links may not work

A few links pointing to our website from ORF and its help system will not be available until the final release of ORF.

ORF Beta Issue History

The list below contains the issues that have been fixed since the R01 beta release.


A dedicated support forum is available for the beta version. Please use this forum for technical support and bug reports. Registration is not required.

Go to forum ⇾

Reporting bugs

When reporting bugs, please share any information with us that you consider important for reproducing the bug. A few tips on what we might need:

When sensitive information (such as logs) needs to be shared, please send these to [email protected].

You can report issues of all severity, even the smallest things like typos or grammatical errors.


What are the limitations of the beta version?

The beta release is fully functional and contains all planned features. It is also time-limited and the current release will expire on March 20, 2023. We will release either the final version or another beta release before the above date.

What do the different issue severity levels mean?

We define four simple levels for issue severity.

Cosmetic issues are harmless and do not affect any functionality. These are typically typos, grammar mistakes and other interface issues.

Minor issues render some functionality of ORF broken, but they are generally harmless and do not affect the overall operation of the product.

Medium severity issues cause an important ORF functionality to be broken. If you rely on the affected functionality, you may not be able to use the beta until a fix is released.

Major issues affect the overall reliability of the software. If such issue is published, you are recommended to stop using the beta until a fix is released. Make sure to read the description to understand the risks.

Unknown severity is assigned to issues where the scope of the issue has not been determined yet.

Setup says "DeleteFile failed; code 5.", how do I fix this?

You may receive "DeleteFile failed; code 5. Access denied." error from the Setup regarding orfeesvc.exe when updating an existing ORF installation.

This is caused by a program that locks the Windows Event Log message resource embedded in the ORF Service binary orfeesvc.exe. The typical offenders are the Windows Event Viewer MMC and software that uses WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) for reading the Windows event log.

To fix this problem, exit from the Event Viewer MMC and click "Retry". If the file is still locked, shut down any software temporarily which monitors the Windows event log and try again.

If the above does not help, go to the ORF installation directory and rename orfeesvc.exe to orfeesvc.bak, then click "Retry".

Can you add Feature X?

We are happy to hear your suggestions and they may make it into a future ORF version.

What are the system requirements of ORF Beta?

The system requirements have not changed since the last ORF release. Check the current system requirements here.

The Management Tools package can be installed on any modern Windows desktop OS (Windows XP or later).

Just how stable is the beta?

Early ORF releases were tested in-house by Vamsoft developers for weeks on various platforms. Due to this, we expect that most issues that may arise will be lightweight.

Be sure to visit the beta forums every once in a while, we will publish any bug reports there. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed of the beta forum.

Can I upgrade to the new beta from ORF X.X?

Yes, the beta setup is fully backward compatible and will update any earlier ORF Fusion or Enterprise Edition release.

Will I be able to upgrade to the final version from the beta?

Yes, you will be able to upgrade from the beta in-place.

How do I revert to ORF X.X?

You can revert by uninstalling ORF Beta and installing a previous ORF version. Once the installation is complete, restore the configuration backup you made previously (see the Configuration Backup Guide).

When is the final version expected?

It depends on the beta test progress. We are committed to release a stable ORF version to our clients, so the final release can be expected only once the preview release reaches a reasonable level of reliability.

Will I get ORF free of charge upon its final release?

Your subscription guarantees access to any new ORF releases within the validity period — this includes ORF 6.8. Be sure not to let your subscription expire and you will get the new ORF at no additional cost.

Where do I get more information?

Contact our Customer Service, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.