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Hi,

I am running exchange 2000 sp3 and i have people who connect and try and send mail spam out. they are attempting to use me as a relay. i read an earier article on locking  it down and only letting people who authenticate to send. The people who don't authenitcate's mail gets sent to the bad mail folder and stay in the queue?

When i check the sessions, i still see a number of people connected and do no understand why. is there a way to block them from connecting at all, even if the mail is just going to the badmail folder? this is using resources on my server.

i have esm....smtp....prop....relay....."allow only computers which successfully authenicate to relay" check marked.

If you look under esm.....prop....access control.....anonmous is checked. it is my understanding that this has to be check to allow mail from the outside in.

PLEASE HELP!

SOB
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Uncheck that box.  Problem solved.  By checking that box you are in effect allowing anyone to relay off of your server.
Also, on the same properties page:
Make sure "Select which computers may relay through this virtial server"
"Only the list below" is selected and the list should be empty unless you have trusted mail servers who relay through you.
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uncheck which box?
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Uncheck "allow only computers which successfully authenicate to relay"
You most likely don't want anyone relaying off of your mail server, do you?
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i will test that tonight. i am assuming that email will still be able to be sent outside of my network then.
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Yes, your email will still work.
See this link for the basics of email relaying:
http://www.menandmice.com/9000/9221_mail_relay.html
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that didn't work...but under ESM......smtp....access......connection control......."all except the list below" is highlighted. i am going to assume that is another thing that is allowing everyone in....... do i need to put to the "only the list below" and then add something ?
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when i uncheck that box, i can send but i can't receive.
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problem is solved......thank you for your help!
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