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I am currently testing exchange 2010 to do a transition from 2003. I am trying to test the e-mail flow but I am hitting a problem with routing I think.
Image 1 attached is the current system setup Image 1
From a 2010 client I send an e-mail and the message tracking shows me that the e-mail goes from 2010 mail to the hub server, but then instead of going to the edge server it is going to EX4 and out via the smtp servers.

Image 2 attached is the setting that could possibly be the cause? Image 2 as you can see I am viewing that from 2003, as I cannot find a way to see the connector in 2010 yet.

IS this the cause of the problem? if it is how do I go about getting around this so I can test the exchange 2010 setup so a exchange 2010 client will go: Mail - Hub - Edge - Internet. Instead of using the 2003 server setup.

Any help at all would be great, links ideas anything as totally stumped at the moment.

Thanks!
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The connectors (Routing Group Connectors) are only manageable with the Exchange Management Shell, see here for further details:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998581.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996924.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998574.aspx
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I did wonder if it would be a powershell thing thanks very much for the links, is there a way to remove the connector in image 2, and if I did this would that allow me to test the edge server? And is it easy to recreate as per links above?

Also if I did remove this would I be able to still transfer mailboxes etc or is that connector which is linking the systems together?

Thanks so far.
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There is a default routing group connector created during the transition to Exchange 2010 from 2003.
There should be no reason to delete/change this.  If you did remove this then it would prevent mailflow between the exchange servers.  Unless this is what you are trying to achieve?

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What I am trying to do is test the 2010 system without the 2003 involved, I have 4 domains that come into the organisation one of them is legacy but still have to have it so I wanted to test the edge servers to receive the legacy domain.

So exchange 2010 client setup with legacy domain e-mail address to go through exchage 2010 system, without touching exch2003 system.

So what I am trying to achieve is:
e-mail from outside organistion
goto legacy domain mx record pointing to  edge server
edge server to pass to hub
hub to pass to mail
mail to pass to client
then:
vice versa from client to sent to outside world.
but at the moment it seems to want to go through 2003 system.

hope that makes sense :-)

If I was to turn off the 2003 server would 2010 know to send the mail via the edge server as it could see the 2003 box was offline or would it queue message and wait for it to come back online.

Cheers for your help so far.
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