Can't utilize Exchange 2007 receive connector from another Windows server
Posted on 2009-04-15
Hi, we are running Exchange 2007 SP1 and having a problem with the receive connector. We'd like to be able to permit relaying through the Exchange server IP for any system on the network. I have set up the receive connector and configured it to use port 25, to allow all network ranges to connect, and experimented with various authentication and permission groups settings. Unfortunately, I cannot use this receive connector from 2 other Windows 2003 servers - I get an error when trying that the connection is refused, and I cannot telnet to port 25 on the Exchange server IP. I have set up a separate receive connector utilizing port 587, tried all permutations of authentication settings (basic, Windows integrated, etc.) and tried all combinations of permission groups settings, specifically making sure Anonymous users CAN connect. No progress on this.
What's interesting is that I CAN telnet to port 25 on the Exchange server from my Windows XP workstation. I can telnet to the separate receive connector as well. So, it seems like the receive connectors are working OK, but the Windows servers just can't talk to them. I have checked firewall settings (no firewalls on any of these systems), security event logs, Receive Connector logs, but don't seem to be able to find the cause of this. Restarted the Transport service many times as well.
Anyone have any ideas on why a Windows 2003 server can't use the receive connector but a Windows XP workstation can? My only theory is that it has something to do with the XP workstation being a MAPI client with Outlook, etc. and it is somehow being seen as a trusted connection, whereas the Windows 2003 servers are being rejected.
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can provide-