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I have SBS 2003.  The mailboxes show in OWA as blank, and the LAN users can't connect to them, but in System Manager the database shows that the users have messages in their mailboxes.  Database is mounted successfully.
This happened after someone restored System State.
Help.
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When you say "LAN users can't connect to them" do you mean can't see email or they cannot access / connect? My assumption is because OWA doesn't see any email they're connecting but empty. Please clarify.

How many users?
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about 20 users.  LAN users can connect without errors, but if a message is sent (either internal or external) then nothing is ever delivered.  According to the tracker it is submitted to MTA.
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LAN users do see mail but don't receive or send mail.
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have you run the "Connect to Internet Wizard", it's a good place to start, SBS loves the built in wizards.

Run it and let me know.
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verify your SMTP virtual server is configured correctly:
 - what IP do you have it set to?
 - what IP are you allowing to relay?
 - verify "Connection" ip's

verify that your SMTP connector is setup correctly and that it's connected to the SMTP virtual server.
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I ran the wizard and let SBS create the connectors.
I'm not restricting IPs.
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I just noticed when I send a message internally, it shows to be added to the mail items for the recipient in ESM but the Outlook user doesn't see it.
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verify the Fully Qualified Domain Name on the SMTP virtual server, right click SMTP virtual server | Delivery | Advanced

Make sure to click on "Check DNS" after and make sure the DNS resolves the name.
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FYI the FQDN is not the .local domain it's the external.
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resolves correctly.
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