Difference between smarthost server and smtprelay server RRS feed

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  • Hi All,

    I am finding it hard to understand the difference between a smarthost serverand smtprelay server and not finding proper links or articles that explains each one.

    As from the perspective of sending email from one exchange(2003) to another I would need send connectors and use smarthost to send the emails to other domain. So can anyone please explain how the smart host server and the Smtp relay server come into play and what difference exists between them and provode me any articles or links that I can go through.

    Any suggestion would be really appreciated.





    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:17 AM


  • As far as I know the two terms mean the same thing depending on a frame of reference.  Smart host is the next hop server an SMTP server sends all outbound mail, while SMTP relay just refers to an SMTP server that relays.  Your Exchange server uses an SMTP relay server as its smart host.

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    • Proposed as answer by Jamestechman Saturday, March 19, 2011 5:26 PM
    • Marked as answer by Serena Li Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:31 AM
    Saturday, March 19, 2011 5:22 PM