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Exchange 2003 - Adding 2nd server, Is SMTP configured properly?

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I have added an additional Exchange 2003 server in our one domain environment.  We have mailboxes stored on both servers. I have configured a SMTP virtual server on the 2nd server. Is this correct or do I need to configure an SMTP connector on the 2nd server that is setup to forward email through the SMTP virtual server on our 1st exchange server?
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by:Amit
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Internally you need Routing connector. If both servers are in same admin group, no more action required.
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by:Pradeep Dubey
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Yes, you have to configure an SMTP connector on second server as well.

How to configure
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265293

Understanding SMTP Connectors
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997032(v=exchg.65).aspx
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Ok, so if I understand this correctly. There is no need for me to setup a SMTP virtual server on the 2nd server, only a connector?
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I read the articles and it seems like I would only need the SMTP connector setup for the 1st server and this covers all servers in the routing group, correct?
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by:Amit
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It will be there by default. would you share ESM screenshot. I can tell you what you need.
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Yes that's correct, for external routing you need to setup SMTP connector, for internal you need RG, if servers are in two different Admin Group, if both are in same admin group. no RG required. Let me know, if you have more query.
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Exchange Organiation
Carmel is server 1
Mail01 is 2nd server
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by:Amit
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One SMTP connector is enough, don't need to setup second smtp connector for Mail01 server.
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Do I need to remove the SMTP virtual server on the 2nd server...MAIL01 in the screenshot?
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No that need to be there. Don't remove it. It is installed by default.
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Ok, I was wondering if it was overkill...I see queues on the 1server CARMEL for the 2nd server and they seem to timeout or get stuck there for a few minutes for no apparent reason. I verified connectivity is good on the network was not sure if my configuration was causing an issue.
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Share the screen shot
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Also you delete second SMTP connector and restart Routing Engine service on both server. Then create on test mail on second server and test the internal and external mail flow.
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Queues on 1st server showing 2nd exchange server queueing message for some reason
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I have uploaded 2 screenshots....as the first one showed, I only have the one SMTP connector and did not configure a 2nd one, per your comments. Do I need to delete the SMTP virtual server on MAIL01 and restart routing engine?
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by:Amit
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No need to remove SMTP Virtual Server on mail01. That is required for mail flow. Did you made any changes in SMTP Virtual Server?
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What is this calendar connector? Next do a telnet from first server to second server on port 25 and check if that connects properly.

open cmd
telnet mail01 25
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Telnet worked fine. I do not know why those Calendar Connector exists because we do not have any reason to connect to Lotus Notes or Novell
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