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FrontEnd Transport Service Listening 2525 Exchange 2013 CU3

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Hello,

I have a multi-role Exchange 2013 CU3 Server running on a Windows 2012 r2 Standard VM.  I have been having issues with intermittent mail flow.  When mail stops I need to restart the server to have mail flow again.  I had put in a custom receive connector to allow internal devices, photocopiers, custom apps etc, to send mail out.  It was configured as a FrontendTransport connector.   It worked well for months, then I started having issues.  After performing a Get-ServerHealth I see that the FrontEnd Transport is unhealthy (OnPremisesInbound... and OnPremisesSmtpCli...).  After performing a Netstat -aon I see that the FrontEnd Transport PID is listening on 2525 along with the HubTransport PID.  Going over my receive connectors in both EAC and PowerShell they show that none of my FrontEnd connectors are listening on 2525.  I am fairly confident that because the two services are listening on 2525 this is causing my mail flow issues, but I can't see where to fix it.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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First - you are on a non-supported platform.
Exchange 2013 CU3 is out of support, and was never supported on Windows 2012 R2.

Therefore you need to upgrade your server to at least Exchange 2013 SP1, preferably something higher.

The default Receive Connectors listen on port 2525. You should have two lots of connectors.
I am pretty sure they will share the same PID because they are both from the MS Exchange Transport Service.

I would start by upgrading your server to begin with - no keeping Exchange 2013 up to date is no longer an option.

Simon.
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I am planning the upgrade to CU5, I have a custom app that does not support CU6 yet, but wanted my server in optimal health prior to the upgrade.  I could not find anything in release notes discussing the connectors so did not draw a line between the two.  I will perform an up grade then, hopefully this weekend, or perhaps next depending on users.  I will post back when I have done the upgrade.  Hopefully then I can re-add my FrontEnd Transport connector to support my internal apps and devices.
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It seams that Microsoft has fixed some issues with the FrontEnd Transport HUB with the newer updates.  Thanks for the help.
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