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How to pause or shut down Exchange

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Is there a simple way to pause or shut down exchange? I am doing some testing and want to not allow any emails in or out of exchange for a few hours. I will be rebooting during this period and dont want it to restart during the boot.  I have SBS 2003, latest updates.
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Disable the Exchange Services during the activity.
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by:MikeBroderick
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I'm sorry, my initial question is not what I want. I would like to have exchange up and running to make sure it interacts with the rest of SBS during the test. I just want it to not  move mail to and from the internet. I can control its access on the local network. Can I stop a connector or something?
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remove the default gateway from NIC adapter.

IF you publish exchange server throw ISA server, you may need to disable publishing rules as well...
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on your exchange server you have a service called SMTP "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol" stop it and change it from automatic to disabled until you are done then put it again automatic and start it

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by:MikeBroderick
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In the exchange manager under administrative groups, [my server], protocols, SMTP there is a virtual server. If I pause or stop it, will it stop email from going? It looks like the least invasive way.
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it is the same as what I told you, however if you don't do it from services as i told you on reboot it will start again that's why I told you to disable the service
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Got it. Thank you all for your input.
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