Difference between Exchange SMTP connector and virtual server
Posted on 2004-10-06
I'm an experienced networking type and Unix admin trying to muddle my way thru configuring an Exchange 2003 server for the first time (I know, that's my first mistake...)
Trying to understand the difference between the SMTP connector and the SMTP virtual server. In particular, it appears that you can configure a smart smtp relay in either place. I want our outbound e-mail to go via our ISP's (user name and password protected) relay since direct mail from us seems to be increasingly bounced by suspect MTAs who don't trust small unknown MTAs.
Anyway, by trial and error it does appear that configuring the smart relay in the connector works, but not in the smtp virtual server, but I'd like to understand why. Why is there this distinction between the connector and virtual server, and what is the reason for each esp. when many of the properties appear to be duplicated in both.