RE: Connecting Exhchange servers

  • From: "Mulnick, Al" <Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 15:36:31 -0500

It's not confusing.  I understand what you're saying.

You do not want to setup a SMTP connector to send from one server to another
unless you're talking about a Routing Group Connector with Exchange 1 in one
routing group and Exchange 2 in another routing group.

For the situation you described I was guessing that both were in the same
routing group/Admin group. If they are in the routing group, then no
intervention is required for them to send messages to each other.  That
should work and if it does not, you need to troubleshoot and fix that prior
to moving on.  

Then, to get mail to route to external domains, you'll want to create a SMTP
connector to control which server handles the outbound mail.  

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;294736&sd=tech is an
article that discusses SMTP Connectors and when to use them.


Al 

-----Original Message-----
From: Camey Psaromatis [mailto:CameyY@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 3:21 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Connecting Exhchange servers

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Yes, these are in the same Windows 2000 forest. And yes, they are running
the default configuration (no explicit route), however,
Exchange2 was not able to send to mailboxes to Exchange1 nor to Internet
recipients - it was just stacking up in the queue.
Exchange1 however, could send to Exchange2. So I ended up adding a SMTP
connector and now mailboxes on Exchange2 can send, however, now Exchange1
mailboxes cannot send to Exchange2.

I hope that wasn't too confusing.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mulnick, Al [mailto:Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 11:47 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Connecting Exhchange servers


http://www.MSExchange.org/

Hmm.. That depends.  Are these servers in the same forest?  If so, then
nothing is needed to make this happen.  Users on Exchange2 will up whatever
routing was there before and use that.  If no specified route was there,
then a SMTP connector would give you some control over that.

A lot depends on the configuration and how you have it currently setup.  For
example, if Exchange 1 has a SMTP route defined to external domains, then
adding a second server would just cause it to pick that up.  

If you left Exchange 1 in a default configuration, then it routes to the
external domains anyway it can. Adding Exchange2 to that mix would result in
Exchange 2 doing the same.  In essence, you'd have two Exchange servers
trying to find their own routes to the external domains.  That's default.
If you wanted both to use the same path to external domains, in this case
Exchange 1, then you'd configure a SMTP connector and define Exchange 1 as
the responsible MTA for that connector.  If they are in different forests,
then it's another matter altogether.

What's the topology?

-----Original Message-----
From: Camey Psaromatis [mailto:CameyY@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 12:34 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Connecting Exhchange servers

http://www.MSExchange.org/

Thanks for the quick response.

I'm moving users to a new mail server, but until the move is finished, I
want those who have moved to the new server to be able to send and receive
email throught the original public Exchange MTA.

Exchange1       <---->  Exchange2
SMTP (public)


Is it best to use a smarthost setting on Exchange2's SMTP prot that points
to the FQDN of Exchange1 and not use an SMTP connector at all?

Thank you,
Camey

-----Original Message-----
From: Mulnick, Al [mailto:Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 11:04 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Connecting Exhchange servers


http://www.MSExchange.org/

Do you mean to have an Exchange setup that uses a smarthost such as a *nix
based MTA?  If so, then yes, a SMTP connector would likely be the way you'd
want to do that.  

Al 

-----Original Message-----
From: Camey Psaromatis [mailto:CameyY@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2004 12:00 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Connecting Exhchange servers

http://www.MSExchange.org/

What is the recommended method for connecting two Exchange 2000 Servers so
that SMTP mail is being routed to and from one mail server?
Is it best to use an SMTP Connector?

Best regards,
Camey


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