Exchange 2010 can only send or receive at a time

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
We have a new Exchange 2010 setup virtual machine on 2008 R2.  We have it setup as a HUB transport.  We have tried a bunch of settings and nothing seems to be able to send and receive mail.  Never had this problem with 03 or 07 and have near mirror setups with a 2007 that was working.  Basically if the send connector is set to * we can send mail but not receive if we set it to * we are able to receive but not send.  Any help would be appreciate been battling this way too long.
Question by:knausscpa
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    Send Connectors are only for sending email, receive connectors are only for receiving email.
    You should never have your own email address on a send connector.

    Have you configured Exchange for your domain correctly? Added the domain to Accepted domains and configured an email address policy?

    Basically gone through the checklist that comes up when you start the Exchange Management Console.


    Author Comment

    Yes I have, I am in the process of putting an Edge VM together to test too if needed.  I figured i should be able to receive mail without configuring the send connector at all.  But without specific settings on the send connector it wasn't able to receive. Been up for nearly 30 hours about to get coffee and take another crack at it.  Will recheck that and advise.
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    You don't need an Edge server for Exchange 2010 to work. I never deploy Edge because I cannot justify the cost of the licence for Windows and Exchange for very little benefit.

    The connectors are completely unrelated. Therefore you have something else wrong with the configuration.


    Accepted Solution

    I figured it out what a strange one.   I have them setup on a new multiwan connection with email on a dedicated line.  They had a connection go down so I setup a failover MX record and connection the WAN. Things were fine but what happened was I added the 2nd (20) MX record when the primary connection was down.  And it looks like the registart (NS) decicided to clean my (10) record for me since it wasn't any good (only explanation I can come up with since I know I only added 20 and didn't remove 10).  So the weird send connector and receive connector thing was more due to the looping I was creating which made it appear the send connector was involved in the receiving on mail.  Time for sleep, thanks for the push away from the exchange server that helped.

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