Create a Receive connector to receive messages from an internal Exchange server

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

You create a Receive connector of the Internal type when you want to receive mail from an Exchange server. Use this type of connector to control mail routing within your organization: for example, when you want to route mail from the Transport service on a Mailbox server to a specific Edge Transport server, or from one Mailbox server to another.

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What do you need to know before you begin?

  • Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes

  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Receive connectors" entry in the Mail flow permissions topic.

  • See Deploy a new installation of Exchange 2013 if you are beginning your installation. After the installation you can use the steps in this topic to create your receive connector.

  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center.


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Create a Receive Connector to Receive Messages from an Internal Exchange Server

  1. In the EAC, navigate to Mail flow > Receive connectors. Click Add Add Icon. to create a new Receive connector.

  2. On the New receive connector page, specify a name for the Receive connector and then select Hub transport for the Role. In this case we assume you want to route mail within your network, not into and out of the organization.

  3. Choose Internal for the type. The connector is configured with Exchange server authentication.

  4. If the Remote network settings page lists, which means that the Receive connector receives connections from all IP addresses, click Remove Remove icon to remove it. Click Add Add Icon, add the IP address for the server you want to receive mail from, such as, and click Save.

  5. Click Finish to create the connector.

Once you have created the Receive connector, it appears in the Receive connector list. If you would like to see an example of how to create a Receive connector with a cmdlet, see New-ReceiveConnector.

How do you know this worked?

To verify that you have successfully created a Receive connector to receive messages from an internal server, test that messages from the sending server travel successfully to the recipient server. One way to do this is to use the Exchange Management Shell to set the ProtocolLoggingLevel for the Receive connector you created to Verbose, using the Set-ReceiveConnector cmdlet, and check the logs to ensure message delivery.

For more information

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