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    Afternoon guys,

    I just have a quick query. (Test Lab all Win2k3 and exchange 2003 SP2)

    I have two routing groups:

    Newcastle and Liverpool

    Newcastle contains the external connector and a routing group connector to Liverpool

    Liverpool only contains a routing group connector to Newcastle.

    How does Liverpool know to send mail to the server in the Newcastle routing group for external recepients?

    Since there are only two routing groups does it automatically send to non local mailbox's to Newcasle and hope Newcastle will resolve it or does it somehow know the Newcastle contains an External Connector?

    Thanks

    Michael
    Michael Armstrong
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  • #2
    Re: Routing groups and external connectors

    It's all in the AD, and from there the servers obtain their routing information (not routing as in Routing Table, but the connectors lists, costs, restrictions and so on). The moment you create an Organization Wide SMTP Connector, all servers will know about it.
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    • #3
      Re: Routing groups and external connectors

      Cheers for that Daniel.

      Just one of those things I was wondering how it works

      Thanks again

      Michael
      Michael Armstrong
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      • #4
        Re: Routing groups and external connectors

        By default, if there are no SMTP Connectors in place, the Exchange server will attempt to send the email out through the default gateway of the Exchange server.

        As soon as you introduce an SMTP Connector, with the scope set to Org wide, that is used for all SMTP email which is sent to the domains in the address space.
        If you want to have email go out of the server's own internet connection (which is what I usually do) then you need to have an SMTP Connector in both routing groups and set the connector scope to routing group instead of Org.

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        • #5
          Re: Routing groups and external connectors

          Cheers for the info Simon

          Michael
          Michael Armstrong
          www.m80arm.co.uk
          MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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