IBM Lotus Domino Administrator 8.

Versions 8.0, 8.0.1, and 8.0.2
Transferring outbound Internet mail to an SMTP server over Notes
networks that don't use SMTP for internal mail routing you can implement a
gateway topology for sending outbound mail to the Internet. Your internal servers can continue to use IBM
routing to transfer mail and send Internet mail to an SMTP server that connects to the Internet.
Your "gateway" server must be a Domino server able to send SMTP mail to external Internet domains.
To define a route between your internal servers and the SMTP gateway server, create:
One or more Foreign SMTP domain documents that define the next domain for sending SMTP mail
addressed to a given set of destination addresses
SMTP Connection documents specifying the server that processes outbound SMTP mail for each
Foreign SMTP domain document
The gateway server receives outbound mail from internal servers over Notes routing and then transfers it to
the Internet over SMTP. The gateway server can connect to the Internet directly or through an SMTP relay
host or firewall that connects to the Internet.
The Foreign SMTP domain document
A Foreign SMTP domain document provides servers that don't use SMTP routing and which do not have
access to DNS with the next hop information required to route Internet mail. You can also use Foreign SMTP
domain documents with servers that route mail over SMTP to configure different routing paths for mail sent to
different destinations.
A Foreign SMTP Domain document provides servers in a Domino domain with information on where to
transfer mail destined for external SMTP addresses. The Foreign SMTP domain document specifies the name
of the next hop domain to which messages addressed to a specific Internet domain or domain pattern are
sent. For example, a Foreign SMTP Domain document might specify that the next hop for messages
addressed to the domain should be the domain TheInternet.
The next hop domain can either be an actual Domino domain -- that is, a group of servers sharing a Domino
Directory -- or a "virtual" domain. Use the name of an existing Domino domain if you can create a Connection
document to it and it already has SMTP servers connected to the Internet. If the network does not currently
have a Domino domain that routes outbound Internet mail, use a virtual, or logical, domain name. The name
must not correspond to the name of any servers or domains in the Domino Directory. Domino uses the virtual
domain name to link this SMTP domain document with an SMTP Connection document, which, in turn,
specifies the name of an SMTP-enabled server that can process outbound mail, for example, a firewall server
that can route outbound Internet mail.
Configuring different relay hosts for different destination domains
To explicitly control message routing, you can set up multiple Foreign SMTP domain documents, splitting
outbound mail traffic so that messages destined for one Internet domain route through one Domino host and
those destined for others go to a different host.
For example, you can configure one Foreign SMTP Domain document to route all mail addressed to domains
ending in; a second can route all mail addressed to domains ending in; and a third can
process mail addressed to all other Internet domains (*.*). For each of the three configured Foreign SMTP
domains, you must create an SMTP Connection document that describes how to transfer the messages
routed to that domain.
Note If you use a wildcard when specifying which messages to route to a domain, you can still restrict
messages destined for specific Internet domains using the SMTP Outbound Controls in the Configuration
Settings document.
The Router always uses the Foreign SMTP Domain document that most closely matches the address. For
example, if a message is addressed to and there are two Foreign SMTP
Domain documents -- one for and one for -- the Router uses the document for
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After the Router determines which Foreign SMTP Domain document most closely matches the address of the
message, it forwards the message to the specified next domain. If the domain is a real Domino domain, the
Router looks in the Domino Directory for a connection to that domain and routes the message. If the domain is
a logical domain, the Router checks for an SMTP Connection document that describes the next hop for mail
routed to that domain.
To create a Foreign SMTP domain document
Make sure you already have a Configuration Settings document for the server(s) to be configured. 1.
From the Domino Administrator, click the Configuration tab and then expand the Messaging section. 2.
Choose Domains, and then click Add Domain. 3.
On the Basics tab, complete this field: 4.
Field Enter
Domain type Foreign SMTP Domain
Click the Routing tab, complete these fields, and then click Save & Close: 5.
Field Enter
Addressed to --
Internet Domain
The name of the Internet domain to which this document applies, for
example,, or a wildcard (*.*) to indicate all Internet
Should be Routed
to -- Domain name
A fictitious, logical domain name -- for example, TheInternet -- to
which messages that match the pattern in the Internet Domain field
will be routed. The name you specify serves as a placeholder; Domino
uses the name to pair the Foreign SMTP Domain document with the
connection document you create in the next step.
Create an SMTP Connection document to associate the Foreign SMTP Domain document with an
SMTP server that can send outbound mail to the Internet.
Related topics
Setting up Notes routing
Configuring Domino to send and receive mail over SMTP
Creating a Notes Direct Dialup connection
Creating a Network Dialup connection
Creating a Configuration Settings document
Creating an SMTP Connection document
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