Step-by-Step Guide

How to install and configure an Edge Transport server for Exchange 2007

An Edge Transport server is a hardened Exchange 2007 server that sits between your Exchange Server organization and the outside world. Its job is to filter and sanitize incoming and outgoing email messages to remove spam, viruses and unauthorized content. In this tutorial, Exchange MVP Brien Posey will walk you step-by-step through the process of installing and configuring an Edge Transport server for an Exchange 2007 environment.

Posey begins with a general overview of how Edge Transport security works. He then provides step-by-step instructions on how to install an Edge Transport server and configure communication with Active Directory and the Hub Transport server. Finally, he explains how to set up and customize Edge Transport antispam and antivirus features like content filtering, recipient filtering, IP filtering, Sender ID and attachment blocking.

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 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: How an Edge Transport server works
 Step 2: Install the Edge Transport server
 Step 3: Create an Edge Subscription
 Step 4: Replicate Active Directory data to the Edge Transport server
 Step 5: Verify communication with the Hub Transport server
 Step 6: Configure Edge Transport server email filtering agents
 Step 7: Set up Edge Transport server advanced content-filtering features


Brien M. Posey, MCSE
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Exchange Server, and has previously received Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Server and Internet Information Server (IIS). Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at

This was first published in June 2007

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