Topic Last Modified: 2009-01-21

Servers that are running the Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport role act as SMTP gateways for Exchange. The Edge Transport role cannot resolve NetBIOS names. Instead, the Edge Transport role can only resolve fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) or host names that are mapped in the %WINDIR%\System32\Drivers\Etc\hosts file.

The Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer parses all SMTP Send connectors that list Exchange 2007 servers on the Source Server tab to determine the following:

The Analyzer displays a warning message if both of the following conditions are true:

This warning message indicates that the Edge Transport role cannot resolve the smart host name successfully. To address this error, change the name of the smart host to a fully qualified domain name or to an IP address.

To use the Exchange Management Console to specify a bridgehead server
  1. On a computer that is running the Hub Transport role, start the Exchange Management Console.

  2. Expand Organization Configuration, and then click Hub Transport.

  3. Click the Send Connectors tab, click an SMTP Send connector, and then click Properties.

  4. Click the Network tab, click the computer name that appears in the Smart host list, and then click Edit.

  5. In the Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) box, type the fully qualified domain name of the smart host. For example, type Or, click IP Address, and then type the publicly-accessible IP address of the smart host.

  6. Click OK two times.

  7. Synchronize the changed settings with the Edge Transport role. To do this, run the Start-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell.