Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server
2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1
Topic Last Modified: 2006-09-10
This section provides information that will help you use the Exchange Management Shell in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 to manage connectors that are configured on computers that have the Hub Transport server role or the Edge Transport server role installed.
A connector defines the message path that connects an Edge Transport server or a Hub Transport server to the Internet or to other messaging systems. The following list describes the different types of connectors that can be configured in Exchange 2007:
- Send connectors A Send connector is
used to route outgoing messages from a Hub Transport server or an
Edge Transport server to the Internet, to other SMTP messaging
servers, or to other Hub Transport servers or Edge Transport
servers in the Exchange organization. A Send connector always uses
SMTP to send messages between messaging servers. The destination
address spaces that are assigned to a Send connector may be Simple
Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) or non-SMTP. Examples of non-SMTP
namespaces include Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, and X.400.
For more information about Exchange Management Shell cmdlets for Send connectors, see Send Connector Cmdlets.
- Receive connectors A Receive connector
is used to accept incoming messages on a Hub Transport server or an
Edge Transport server from the Internet, from another SMTP
messaging server, or from another Hub Transport server or Edge
Transport server in the Exchange organization. A Receive connector
always uses the SMTP protocol to accept messages.
For more information about Exchange Management Shell cmdlets for Receive connectors, see Receive Connector Cmdlets.
- Routing group connectors A routing
group connector is required for mail to flow between at least one
Exchange Server 2003 routing group and
For more information about Exchange Management Shell cmdlets for routing group connectors, see Routing Group Connector Cmdlets.
- Foreign connectors A Foreign connector
uses a Drop directory on a Hub Transport server to send message
files 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 that are assigned to a Foreign connector can be SMTP
For more information about Exchange Management Shell cmdlets for Foreign connectors, see Foreign Connector Cmdlets.