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Edge Transport Role in Exchange Server 2010 provides an important layer of security between external and internal messaging infrastructure. The Edge server analyses messages and can identify spam, content, connection trends and take the appropriate action to prevent delivery of potentially harmful content, spam, and other undesired messages. So, all message coming to and going form entire organization scanned through Edge Transport Server and verify with the policies deployed in it then pass through toward external networks. The Edge Transport server plays a vital role in the messaging infrastructure, protecting the organization from attack and the preventing delivery of unnecessary email, which ultimately can save an organization’s reputation, reduce administrative overhead, and increase productivity.
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By default, anti-spam updates aren't automatic. Instead, the administrator must visit Microsoft Update to download and install the content filter updates. The content filter update data is updated and available for download every two weeks.
Manual updates from Microsoft Update don't include the Microsoft IP Reputation Service or spam signature data. The Microsoft IP Reputation Service and spam signature data is only available when you use the anti-spam features of Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE).
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