Configuring Message Routing

Set Up Connectors

There are three kinds of connectors for routing groups: Routing Group connectors, SMTP connectors, and X.400 connectors. The Routing Group connector is the preferred connector for linking routing groups together because it is the simplest to configure. SMTP connectors provide messaging connectivity between an Exchange message system and a non-Exchange system (or the Internet) using the SMTP protocol. X.400 connectors provide an X.400 messaging route between Exchange and another X.400 system.

For each connector used between routing groups, you can specify additional information, including restrictions on message addressees and connector costs. For SMTP and X.400 connectors, you can specify the domains, addresses, or routing groups to which you want to connect. For Routing Group connectors, you can specify a remote bridgehead server, which contains the names of the servers available in the remote routing group.

You can use SMTP and X.400 connectors to connect to foreign messaging systems and Exchange routing groups. You can use Routing Group connectors only to connect to Exchange routing groups.

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