Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 installation and configuration

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Please let me know if this is correct and fill in where ever necessary. I am setting up a fresh Exchange 2003 test environment. According to me for a working production Exchange environment (which involves inbound and outbound mails to internet), the below is true (but I am not 100% sure). A domain name should be registered with a name registrar and mx should be published - this is to let mails from outside our network know where the mails should be sent. Our gateway or exchange smart host will be receiving mails sent from internet and pass it to internally - i believe we define recipient policies to define what domains we receive messages for. Do we require a connector to receive mails from internet in Exchange 2003? If no, why do we require something like a Receive connector in Exchange 2007? I am little confused about these things. Any suggestions would be of great help.
ASKED: January 11, 2009  1:52 PM
UPDATED: January 12, 2009  2:36 PM

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If this is going to be a single exchange mailbox server with no front end server then it will receive mail from your gateway. No receive connector is required as it is with Exchange 2007 because in Exchange 2007 the mail server roles are different and function differently. With Exchange 2007 a hub transport server role is required to route mail to the mailbox server role. Both these roles CAN be on the same server or they can be on different servers. The hub transport server requires a receive connector. This is one way Exchange 2007 was made more secure to prevent an open relay which is disabled by default in Exchange 2007. Exchange 2003 does not require the receive connector it will receive mail from your gateway without this.

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