Same Receive Connector on two different servers?

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I have acquired temporary role of managing two Exchange 2010 servers. I understand most of the basics but one thing I'm not sure on is Receive Connectors.

Both the Exchange 2010 servers under Server Configuration > Hub Transport appear to have a couple of matching Receive Connector entries.

They are literally called the same thing with the same FQDN.

Would that be causing a conflict? Should each hub transport server have unique receive connectors? I don't show any errors or warnings about this, so it seems to allow it.
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Exchange Hub Transport is HA by default when you add 2 or more HT servers to a single site. So having the same receive connectors on each of the HT Exchange servers is a good thing. If one of your HT roles fails mail will use the other HT Exchange server to route messages accordingly.

If receive connectors do not match then if one fails the other HT server will not be able to route mail because it does not have all of the receive connectors.

This goes for manually created connectors.

Will.

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Ok thanks I just wanted to be sure.    
From https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa996395(v=exchg.141).aspx I'd read:

Receive connectors are scoped to a single server and determine how that specific server listens for connections.

So I wasn't sure if that meant I could only have the receive connector on a single server or not.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution Architect
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All Exchange servers in a site are designed to work together so they should have the same connectors to provide the highest level of availability if the other server is offline.

Will.

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Would it be a problem you think to just copy the receive connectors to all Exchange servers?

http://www.msexchange.org/kbase/ExchangeServerTips/ExchangeServer2013/Powershell/copy-receive-connectors-new-exchange-server.html

There is a powershell here that helps do it.

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