How to Modify the Configuration of a Receive Connector

Exchange 2007

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

Topic Last Modified: 2007-06-18

This topic explains how to use the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell to modify an existing Receive connector for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

In Exchange 2007, you use Receive connectors to accept e-mail messages from the Internet and from remote e-mail systems that require specific configuration options. For example, some remote e-mail systems may have to send you e-mail messages that are larger than your standard Exchange organizational limit.

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

  • Exchange Organization Administrator role

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.

Only a limited number of the total available Receive connector settings can be modified by using the Exchange Management Console. To access all available Receive connector settings, you must use the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell.

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console, and perform one of the following steps:

    • To modify an existing Receive connector on an Edge Transport server, in the console tree, select Edge Transport.

    • To modify an existing Receive connector on a Hub Transport server, expand Server Configuration in the console tree, and select Hub Transport. In the result pane, select the server that has the Receive connector you want to modify, and then click the Receive Connectors tab.

  2. In the work pane, select the Receive connector to modify.

  3. Under the name of the Receive connector in the action pane, click Properties to open the Properties page.

    • Click the General tab to modify the name of the connector, the protocol log level, or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that is advertised in the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) EHLO verb.

      In Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can also use the General tab to modify the maximum message size that is allowed on the connector.
    • Click the Network tab to modify the local and remote IP addresses that are used by this connector.

    • Click the Authentication tab to modify the authentication methods that are supported by this connector.

  4. After you modify a setting, click Apply to save your changes and remain in the Properties page, or click OK to save your changes and exit the Properties page.

You can use the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet to modify all available settings for an existing Receive connector. The Identity parameter specifies the Receive connector that you want to modify. The Identity parameter can be the GUID or the name of the Receive connector.

The values that you specify by using the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet replace the existing values that are configured on the Receive connector. To preserve any existing values in a multivalued parameter, you must specify the existing value and any new values that you want to add when you run the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet.

The following command is an example of how to use the Exchange Management Shell to set a 50 MB limit on message size on an existing Receive connector named "Connection from" The MaxMessageSize parameter is only one of many Receive connector settings that are available for use with the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet.

  • Run the following command:

    Set-ReceiveConnector "Connection from" -MaxMessageSize 50MB

For more information about how to retrieve the identity of a Receive connector, see How to View the Configuration of a Receive Connector.

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

For more information about Receive connectors, see Receive Connectors.