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Exchange 2013 Mail Flow

Posted on 2014-09-09
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I have two Exchange 2013 servers but want one to be strictly standby and DAG member. Right now mail is flowing into the second "standby" server and then moves along to the primary server where the mailbox resides. I want to stop this  behavior since there are no mailboxes on the standby server and it is eventually going to move to offsite location. Can I just disable the receive connectors on the standby server? If yes, will doing so have any adverse effects on mail flow since the server has been part of the mail flow for some time now?
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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If the servers are in the same site, then Exchange will use all servers in the site to process email. There is nothing you can do to stop that behaviour and you shouldn't do anything. It is by design. Hub transport functionality doesn't "belong" to any specific server, so all servers in an AD site will be used.

If the server is going off site, then once the server is in the other AD site it will not process email. Exchange is fully AD site aware.

Simon.
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Thank you Simon. That is kinda what I thought but wanted to double check. Thanks for the clear explanation....
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