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SMTP Open Relay Test Failed

When running the Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer, I get a “failed open relay test”.

New install of Exchange 2003, no previous Exchange, Windows 2003 Domain with ADS,DNS,WINS

I currently am using POP3 interface for about 30 offsite (non-LAN) users with Outlook 2003.  No VPN is used.  Watchguard Firewall uses a User Filter to pass all SMTP requests directly through to Exchange server.  LAN users connect via Exchange Mailbox.

I am adjusting the settings using Exchange SM \ OurMailServer\Protocols\SMTP\Default Smtp Virtual Server\Properties.

General – "All unassigned"

Access\Authentication\Anonymous Access – Checked
…\…\Basic authentication – Checked, Default domain = ourdomain.com
…\…\Integrated Windows Authentication – Checked, Users = Authenticated Users – Submit Permission=Allowed, Relay Permission=Allowed

Access\Connection Control\Connection\All except the list below – checked, No computers in list.

Access\Relay Restrictions\Only the list below – Checked, Computers =
…\…\Allow all computers which successfully… - Checked

Messages\… - All Defaults

Delivery\Outbound Security\Anonymous Access – Checked, Nothing else checked.
…\Outbound connections\ Defaults
…\Advanced\ Defaults

What can I do to keep POP3 open and not be an open relay???

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I think it is your entry.
That lets you firewall do it as well as the traffic appears to come from that.

Loose the entry totally and leave the authenicated part. Then configure the POP3 users to authenticate when they send email via SMTP.

rwlamanAuthor Commented:
Leave "only the list below" checked and then have nothing in the Computers list??
Enable the option "All all computers which successfully authenticate to relay, regardless of the list above".
This will mean the users must authenicate when they send email, but that is easily setup.


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