Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Topic Last Modified: 2011-04-28

You can use the Shell to create a Foreign connector for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. A Foreign connector can only be installed on a computer running Exchange 2010 that has the Hub Transport server role installed. A Foreign connector uses a Drop directory to send messages to a local messaging server that doesn't use SMTP as its primary transport mechanism. These messaging servers are known as foreign gateway servers. Examples of foreign gateway servers include Lotus Notes and third-party fax gateway servers. The address spaces assigned to a Foreign connector may be SMTP or non-SMTP.

Looking for other management tasks related to managing connectors? Check out Managing Connectors.


  • You should determine the specific usage for this Foreign connector so you can correctly configure its properties. To learn more about Foreign connectors, see Understanding Foreign Connectors.

  • Exchange 2010 introduces a new feature called Delivery Agent connector, which is also used to route messages to foreign systems that don't use SMTP. Delivery Agent connectors provide better administrative control for messages addressed to foreign systems. Whenever possible, you should consider using Delivery Agent connectors instead of Foreign connectors. To learn more about Delivery Agent connectors, see Understanding Delivery Agents.

Use the Shell to create a Foreign connector

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Foreign connectors" entry in the Transport Permissions topic.

Use the New-ForeignConnector cmdlet to create a Foreign connector.

You can't create a Foreign connector by using the EMC. To create a Foreign connector, you must use the Shell. For more information about how to use the Shell, see Exchange Management Shell.

This example creates a Foreign connector that has the following settings:

  • The connector sends messages to the X.400 address space o=MySite;p=MyOrg;a=contoso;c=us. The address space cost is 1.

  • The connector is assigned to Hub Transport servers Hub01 and Hub02.

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New-ForeignConnector -Name " Foreign Connector" -AddressSpaces "X400:o=MySite;p=MyOrg;a=contoso;c=us;1" -SourceTransportServers "Hub01","Hub02"

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see New-ForeignConnector.