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Mailguard - convince my firewall guys it's a nightmare?

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I've had several people tell me that mailguard is garbage and should be turned off. My firewall guys don't want to because they say it will be a 'huge security hole'.

Does turning this 'feature' off create a huge security hole? Can it be turned off point to point between, say, two servers in different subnets/sites? How can I convince my firewall guys it's not worth the hassle to have it turned on?
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Question by:ConnieCA
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All I know is from experience....When I was a consultant we had top notch CISCO guys working with us and we ALWAYS Turned It  OFF! It was to much of a hassle.....it would lag mail or block it all together....All our clients were setup with a email gateway so there was no security risk...if anything happened the email gateway would take the brunt of it. And since Email gateways are fast to setup there was little downtime....(switching NAT to Exchange and then back to gateway)....

I dont know if there is a way to turn it off between subnets...I think its either in or off...

Thats my 2 cents..

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by:David Wilhoit
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Yea, drop the SMTP fixup like 3rd period French. If you ever have a mailflow problem, 90% of the time, that will be at the root of it.

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by:David Wilhoit
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BTW, if you search EE on SMTP fixup, you'll find a plethora of PAQs on it, if not here, then on the web.
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by:JasonBigham
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If this article isn't enough, go over there heads. Email is one of the most critical business functions, and they are impacting it in a negative fashion.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];320027

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Thanks all!
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