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No connectors in Exchange 2003

Posted on 2009-04-06
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Hi all,

I've set up quite a few Excgange servers and, although I'm not 100% sure I recall correctly, I THINK I always had to set up an SMTP connector to get outbound email working.

I've just visited a new client that has Exchange 2003 running and everything seems to be working fine email-wise, but there aren't any connectors set up.

How is outbound email working?

Thanks in advance for the answers!

Tom
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In fact, if you only have one Exchange server, and you don't have any need to route your email through an external SMTP server, then you don't need an SMTP connector at all.  The SMTP service running on that single Exchange server will properly handle all incoming and outgoing email - provided, obviously, that it has a connection to the Internet and that incoming email is properly routed from any external firewall into that server.  In fact, even if you have multiple Exchange servers in an organization, if you wanted to, you could let each one of them serve as an outgoing SMTP server without any SMTP connectors of any kind, and it would work.  It wouldn't be very efficient, but it would work...
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Great! I never realized that. I guess I learned from other people who always set them up and I did too.

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