How to setup a SmartHost in Exchange 2000?
How to setup Exchange 2000 to use MX Outbound as a Mail Relay?


Follow the guide below to configure Microsoft Exchange 2000 use MX Tools as the SmartHost and Internet Mail Relay.

This article already assumes your exchange system is able to send emails externally and therefore a SMTP Virtual Server has already been created and configured correctly in the System Manager for Exchange.

Open Exchange System Manager for Exchange
Click on the + next to Servers
Click on the + next to Your Server Name
Click on the + next to Protocols
Click on the + next to SMTP

Exchange System Manager for Exchange 2000

Right click on your Default SMTP Virtual Server

Click properties

Exchange Default SMTP Virtual Server Settings

Under Delivery click Outbound Security

Exchange Outbound Security Settings for Exchange 2000

Enter the MX Outbound username and password provided to you and click OK.

Exchange Advanced Delivery Settings for Exchange 2000

Click on the Advanced button and ensure your fully qualified domain name is correct. In this knowledge base article we are using

Enter the MX Outbound Server as provided to you in the "Smart host" field and click OK

You will need to restart the Virtual SMTP Server for the settings to take effect.

Summary of server details

Outgoing server

As provided.
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Outgoing server protocol


Outgoing server port

25, 465, 587, 2525, 8025 or 10025

Authentication Type

Basic Authentication


As provided


As provided