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    Question ZCS as front-end filter server for exchange

    I have a setup that is slowly migrating away from MS Exchange. I've setup Zimbra on the front end accepting SMTP for "domain.com" and all is well. However, some departments are slower to migrate away from Exchange to Zimbra so I'd like to forward emails from "user@domain.com" to "user@exchange.domain.local".

    I've setup a local zone file which resolves the MX and A records necessary for delivery to "domain.local". However, I get an error upon delivery to the Exchange server:

    postfix/smtp[4780]: 38920141184DD: to=<user@exchange.domain.local>, relay=exchange.domain.local[192.168.12.2], delay=0, status=bounced (mail for exchange.domain.local loops back to myself)
    I've tested delivery via telnet to "user@exchange.domain.local" mimicking the actual delivery and it succeeded. But when I attempt a legitimate delivery through Zimbra I get the error above.

    ~# host domain.local
    domain.local has address 192.168.12.2
    domain.local mail is handled by 10 exchange.domain.local.

    ~# host domain.com
    domain.com has address 192.168.12.99
    domain.com mail is handled by 10 mail.domain.com.
    A command line test from Zimbra to Exchange:

    ~# telnet exchange.domain.local 25
    Trying 192.168.12.2...
    Connected to exchange.domain.local (192.168.12.2).
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 mail.domain.com Microsoft ESMTP MAIL Service, Version: 6.0.3790.3959 ready at Sun, 28 Oct 2007 23:41:41 -0700
    HELO mail.domain.com
    250 mail.domain.com Hello [192.168.12.99]
    MAIL FROM:<test@domain.com>
    250 2.1.0 test@domain.com....Sender OK
    RCPT TO:<user@exchange.domain.local>
    250 2.1.5 user@exchange.domain.local
    DATA
    354 Start mail input; end with <CRLF>.<CRLF>
    from: test@domain.com
    to: user@domain.com
    subject: test

    test
    test
    .
    250 2.6.0 <SERVERpFVjCRGryWtII00000003@mail.domain.com> Queued mail for delivery
    ... and the email message arrives correctly in user@exchange.domain.local's inbox on the Exchange server. I don't see where the mail loop is happening.

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    Did you set-up this Split Domain by following the wiki instructions? Is the /etc/hosts file on the Zimbra server correct (post the details). Do you also have a relay host set in the Zimbra Admin UI? If you do then remove it. This type of problem is usually a DNS or hosts file error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
    Did you set-up this Split Domain by following the wiki instructions? Is the /etc/hosts file on the Zimbra server correct (post the details). Do you also have a relay host set in the Zimbra Admin UI? If you do then remove it. This type of problem is usually a DNS or hosts file error.
    I haven't tried the Split Domain method yet. I was hoping to take advantage of amavis/spamassassin filtering before forwarding emails back to the secondary server. I already do this with Courier-MTA, amavis, clamd, and spamassassin and was considering replacing that setup with Zimbra.

    In any case, I do not have a smart host configured in Zimbra. Named is configured correctly to resolve MX for delivery to the secondary server. If I have to do it the Zimbra way then I'll try that. A little flexibility would be nice, though.

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