Exchange IMAP 'Unable to relay' message

Posted on 2013-10-15
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Last Modified: 2013-10-20
Hi there,

We have a remote user who is using IMAP for collecting mail from our exchange 2013 server. When sending mail internally to our domain it is coming through correctly, but when he tried to send to an external domain he get the message below;

Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients.

      Subject:    Quote for Wolf Castle Hotel
      Sent: 15/10/2013 16:22

The following recipient(s) cannot be reached:

      'example@googlemail.com' on 15/10/2013 16:22
            550 5.7.1 Unable to relay

Is this just a missed setting somewhere in exchange 2013?

Thanks in advance
Question by:Wilko84
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by:Peter Hutchison
Peter Hutchison earned 2000 total points
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Check the Receive connectors on the Hub Transport server, any authenticated users should be able to relay mail to external email users.
In the email client, the SMTP settings should be set to authenticate to the smtp server using their AD/Exchange credentials.

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ID: 39574265

I've tired setting outlook to use SMTP authenication (same a incoming mailserver) and I just get password prompts which I can't satisfy no matter how hard I try.

Do the image below give any hints?
Recieve connectors
client front endcleint proxydefault default front endoutbound

Author Comment

ID: 39574277
Could it be something to do with integrated windows logon.  The user a contractor on his own laptop just connecting via IMAP - could that be the cause of the repeated failed logons and/or not relaying mail externally?

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Wilko84 earned 0 total points
ID: 39574357
Hi,  I found that this link was useful.

Basically, i needed to change the port that the sending in outlook was going through, open and forward the corresponding port on our firewall and enable TLS / stop using SPA for passwords.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39585802
Because it elaborates on the original answer and provided a link with a more descriptive walk through.

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