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Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server

There are times that you need to copy a receive connector to another Exchange Server. Think about installing another Exchange Server. The receive connectors will not copy automatically. That’s too bad. The only option is to create a receive connector and configure the settings. In this article, you will learn how to copy a receive connector to another Exchange Server with PowerShell.

Information

In a previous article, we described:

Sometimes, you only want to do a quick receive connector copy. With PowerShell, we can automate the process and copy the receive connector. It will save us time which we can spend on other tasks.

Before we start

In our example, we have two Exchange Servers:

  • Exchange Server EX01-2016 (copy receive connector from)
  • Exchange Server EX02-2016 (copy receive connector too)

Log in to Exchange Admin Center. Click mail flow in the feature pane and click on receive connectors in the tabs.

Exchange Server EX01-2016 with the SMTP relay receive connector.

Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server from

Exchange Server EX02-2016 without an SMTP relay receive connector.

Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server before

In the next step, we will first get the receive connector IP addresses. After that, we will create a new receive connector and copy the remote IP addresses over.

Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server with PowerShell

Use the Get-ReceiveConnector cmdlet and list the receive connector IP addresses on the EX01-2016 Exchange Server.

Run the cmdlet to copy the receive connector to another Exchange Server.

In the next step, we will verify our work.

Verify copied receive connector

Let’s check the receive connectors on the Exchange Server EX02-2016 and confirm that the IP addresses are identical.

In Exchange Admin Center, verify that the receive connector shows up under the Exchange Server EX02-2016.

Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server after

Double-click on the receive connector SMTP relay and verify the remote IP addresses.

Copy receive connector to another Exchange Server verify

The receive connector copy is a success. Did this save you some time?

Allow anonymous SMTP relay

Did you copy an anonymous SMTP relay receive connector? You have to grant MS-Exch-SMTP-Accept-Any-Recipient permissions to the Anonymous Logon Account on the receive connector. It will enable the relay to send mail out of the organization. More information by Microsoft.

Read more: How to configure Exchange Server after installation »

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to copy the receive connector to another Exchange Server. Run the command to create a new receive connector and copy the remote IP addresses from another receive connector that you specify. This approach is excellent if it’s a one on one receive connector IP addresses copy.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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