Configuring Message Routing

Managing Connections Between Servers

If all of your computers running Exchange are connected by high-bandwidth, reliable connections, you don't need to perform any special routing configuration or management. Routing configuration and management are necessary only when you connect two or more routing groups that have low-bandwidth, unreliable, or intermittent connections. For example, if your company has two physical locations, one in Portland, Oregon, and another in New York City, each location can maintain a separate routing group. To connect the two routing groups, you can install a connector and optionally, set up a schedule or limits for transmitting mail.

Generally, there is no reason to separate servers with full-time, reliable connections into separate routing groups; however, you can do so for administrative purposes, such as to control public folder referrals and connector scope, or to manage message tracking and flow between two locations.

When you want to create and connect groups of computers, you need to perform the following tasks:

  1. Create a Routing Group. Use System Manager to create the routing groups into which all of the servers in your organization are placed.
  2. Move a Server Between Routing Groups. From the Routing Groups container, you specify the routing group to which each virtual server belongs.
  3. Connect Routing Groups. Using the Exchange Routing Group connector, the SMTP connector, or the X.400 connector, identify the servers in each of the routing groups you're connecting that function as the bridgehead servers. You can also specify other connection options, such as the connection schedule.

Note   You perform routing configuration and management tasks from the Routing Groups container of System Manager.