How to configure send connector in exchange server 2010

A Connector is a piece of software that acts as a gateway between exchange server routing groups or from a routing group to a non-exchange mail system. A connector enables the exchange system to interact directly with a foreign email system, as though its users were part of your exchange system. Connectors can integrate foreign address lists into the Global Address List, enable message exchange, provide access to shared messaging folders, and make other functions available. Connector can be extremely useful if you are in the process of migrating to exchange server or connecting to non-messaging systems.

In exchange server 2010 smtp connectors are classified in the following ways:

Send Connectors

Receive Connectors

Foreign Connectors

Delivery Agent Connectors

Configuring Send Connectors

A Send connector is a connector that transmits a message to the Exchange organization perimeter using SMTP as the communication protocol. SMTP connectors are logical representations of connections between a source and destination server. Thus by default it sends the message using TCP port 25. Send connectors exchange 2010 define how a Transport server sends messages to another Transport server or to other systems.

If a exchange send connector is configured to handle message routing to a domain that is external to the organization, whenever a Hub Transport server receives a message destined for that remote domain, the message is routed to the Send Connector to be relayed appropriately.

1. Start the Exchange Management Console. Open the Organization Configuration node and choose Hub Transport. Click on New Send Connector within the Action pane.


2. Type the name of the connector and choose Internet for its intended use and then click next.


3. Click add a new SMTP address open, By default the address is blank.


4. Enter an asterisk (*) in the address field, Ensure you check the box Include All Subdomains


5. Click Next.


6. In the Network Settings dialog box, select the option Use Dynamic Name System (DNS) “MX” Records To Route
Automatically. Click Next.


If your using a smart host “Route Mail through the following smart hosts” Add the ip address and Configure your smart host for the same.


7. In the Source Servers dialog box, ensure that the correct Hub Transport server is selected and click Next. If you need to select any other server , then click on Add and make your selection.


8. In the New Connector dialog box, click New.


9. Click finish to close this wizard.


10. The send connector will be displayed.


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