What is Connector in Microsoft Exchange Server?
A component of Microsoft Exchange Server used to connect Exchange sites or to connect an Exchange organization to foreign mail systems. Connectors are components of Exchange that can be used to route messages over a messaging system. Connectors are implemented on Exchange as Microsoft Windows NT services, and can be stopped and started using the Services utility in Control Panel.
Various types of connectors can be installed on Exchange, including the following:
- Used for establishing high-speed messaging links between different sites in an Exchange organization
- Used for establishing connectivity with a foreign X.400 messaging system such as those found in different parts of Europe
- Used for establishing dial-up connectivity between sites in an Exchange organization
- Used for establishing connectivity with the Internet’s Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) messaging system
- Used for establishing messaging connectivity with legacy Microsoft Mail networks
- Used for establishing connectivity with a foreign cc:Mail system
- Used for establishing connectivity with a Lotus Notes network
For more information on each of these connectors, refer to their individual entries in this work.