How to Enable or Disable a Receive Connector

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Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Topic Last Modified: 2007-01-02

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to modify the status of an existing Receive connector for a computer that has the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport server role or the Hub Transport server role installed.

In Exchange 2007, you use Receive connectors to accept e-mail messages from remote e-mail systems. Multiple Receive connectors can exist for an organization to support the need for specific configurations. For example, a Receive connector could allow for e-mail attachments to be received by the Exchange Server organization that exceed the standard attachment size that is configured on the Exchange server.

A Receive connector must be enabled for it to accept messages. Disable a Receive connector to stop accepting messages by using the configuration that is represented by that connector. By default, when you create a Receive connector, it is enabled.

To perform the following procedures, the account you use must be delegated the following:

  • Exchange Server Administrator role and local Administrators group for the target server

To perform the following procedures on a computer that has the Edge Transport server role installed, you must log on by using an account that is a member of the local Administrators group on that computer.

For more information about permissions, delegating roles, and the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console. Perform one of the following steps:

    1. To modify the status of an existing Receive connector on an Edge Transport server, in the console tree, select Edge Transport, and then click the Receive Connectors tab.

    2. To modify the status of an existing Receive connector on a Hub Transport server, in the console tree, expand Organization Configuration, select Hub Transport, and then click the Receive Connectors tab.

  2. Select a Receive connector. If the connector is enabled and you want to disable it, in the action pane, click Disable. If the connector is disabled and you want to enable it, in the action pane, click Enable.

To modify the status of a single Receive connector when you use the Exchange Management Shell, you specify an identity. The identity of a connector is either its GUID or the friendly name that was assigned to the connector when the connector was created. If you want to modify the status of all Receive connectors, you must pipe the results of the Get-ReceiveConnector cmdlet to the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet.

  • To disable a single Receive connector, run the following command:

    Set-ReceiveConnector -identity " Receive Connector" -enabled $false

  • To disable all Receive connectors on a server, run the following command:

    Get-ReceiveConnector | Set-ReceiveConnector -Enabled $false

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-ReceiveConnector.

For more information about pipelining, see Pipelining.

For more information about working with the information that a command returns, see Working with Command Output.

For more information about how to manage Receive connectors, see the following topics: