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Mastering Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 by David Elfassy, Jim McBee

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Chapter 25. Managing Connectivity with Hub Transport Servers

Exchange Server's primary purpose is to send, receive, and store messages. In previous versions of Exchange, messages delivered locally (to a user whose mailbox was on your mailbox database or another database on the same server) never actually left that particular server. In fact, they never even left the Information Store service's handle. That changed with Exchange Server 2007 and has been built upon in Exchange Server 2010.

The Hub Transport server role is responsible for moving messages from one mailbox to another. All messages must pass through the Hub Transport server role. This lightens the transport load on the Mailbox server role and centralizes transport to a single server ...

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