Our incoming emails are taking an extremely long time to send and receive. Is there a 3rd party application than can give us a "read reciept" to verify our emails are reaching their destination?

We are losing confidence in our email server as messages are taking a considerable time to reach their destination and time to receive. Is there a program or add in that can verify our messages have reached their destination outside of Outlooks read reciepts?
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
If you have Exchange server, login to exrca.com and do a mail flow test.
https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
can't see how this is possible considering the confirmation would have to come from the remote mail system which you wouldn't have control over to be able to have it tell you it was delivered - especially when the destination isn't a mail server but a mail gateway either on-premise or cloud-based for spam filtering before it hits their mail server
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JRome225Author Commented:
Well is there anyway to auto generate a read reciept for each email without having to tick the box within Outlook?
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
Read receipt won't tell you where the bottleneck is - instead, send to two or three free Internet mail accounts (such as gmail) , look at the headers, and see where the delay is occurring.
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RedLondonCommented:
Futher to Dave Howe's suggestion, you can use http://mxtoolbox.com/EmailHeaders.aspx to get a pretty picture of where the delays are... easy to read interpretation of the route your email takes and saves you the trouble of converting timezones.

Send mail out to a Gmail account, and from the Gmail account back to your mailserver and paste both lots of headers in there.
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
Read receipt is just a header (actually, any one of about five headers, depending on which system you use) so anything that can add a header to a mail "en passant" will do.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you selected a solution that discusses adding a delivery receipt though you asked about a read receipt which are two different things.  please clarify
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