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Relay Issues with SBS2008 and Exchange 2007, is there a better way?

Last Modified: 2016-10-27
Thanks in advance.
I have just moved all my emails overto a new SBS2008 server from a SBS2003 server, everything has gone fine users getting emails and MX records working fine. But I have a number of concerns and issues I am unsure wiith and 5 questions concerning relaying with SBS2008.

I hit an issue when I needed around 30 various devices from security cameras, NAS drives, software (Acronis backup) etc... to send me an email if they hit a failure. I basically need to relay.
Some devices have the ability to be authenticated and some do not, so I set up two hub transport rules "Allow Relay Demand Authentication" and "Allow Relay No Authentication" by creating these two as receive connectors, then created an second alternate IP address on the server especially for relays from devices to communicate with.

The first problem is with SBS2003 nearly all the systems authenticated in some way (username and password), but now most of the devices will not authenticate with SBS2008 and I have basically created a lot of open relay ports! Can I restrict the relays to be only internal senders? Can I some how get things back to the way they were with SBS2003?

The second is that if one piece of software on a server will not authenticate with SBS2008 then because the receive connectors are addressing an IP address then all software on that server has to relay with no authentication. Since I cannot have two receive connectors with rules for the same IP address. Can this be worked around?

The Third concern is that the 2008SBS server itself needs to send me alerts from the "AVG Admin Console" and the "Acronis system" but I do not seem to be able to send to the SBS2008 server from within the SBS2008 server. How can I do this?

When I had the SBS2003 server I could mount descreet sercurity camera to cover our stores area and then send emails into the network from the WAN, but I can not longer do this, Is this possible?

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